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In Commemoration of Yom HaShoah: Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust

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On April 13, 2015, Remember the Women Institute launched our new Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook. The event, in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah, was cosponsored by American Jewish Historical Society and All About Jewish Theatre and held at the Center for Jewish History, New York. View event video.

Yom Hashoah Event

Photo, left: Co-authors Karen Shulman (left) and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel present the Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook. Photo, center: Dramatic performance from Gretel Bergmann, In the Underworld, and Silence Not, A Love Story by (left to right) Lynn N. Silver, Lily Davis, and Stacey Linnartz. Photo, right: Panelists (left to right) Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth, Dr. Meghan Brodie, Cynthia Cooper, Dr. Rochelle Saidel, Rachel Lithgow. Photos by Jeff French Segall

This special evening of theatre, music featured a dramatic presentation by professional actors and musicians:


Three short dramatic presentations by professional actors and musicians:

Gretel Bergmann, written and directed by Cynthia Cooper, performed by Stacey Linnartz.

Excerpts from In the Underworld, originally written by Germaine Tillion, 1944, in Ravensbrück. Directed by Meghan Brodie, performed by actors Stacey Linnartz and Lynn N. Silver, and singer Lily Davis.

"Wild Wind Blows": from Silence Not, A Love Story by Cynthia Cooper, performed by Stacey Linnartz.

Musical direction and accompaniment by Jonathan Marro.

Lily Davis Stacey Linnartz Lynn N. Silver

Lily Davis


Stacey Linnartz


Lynn N. Silver


Following the dramatic presentation, there was a brief illustrated explanation of Remember the Women Institute's new online Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust: Resource Handbook, by Rochelle G. Saidel and Karen Shulman


Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust

The event closed with a panel discussion by experts on women, theatre and the Holocaust:

Rachel Lithgow, Executive Director, American Jewish Historical Society, Moderator

Dr. Meghan Brodie, Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Southern Maine, Director, In the Underworld

Cynthia Cooper, playwright of Gretel Bergmann and Silence Not, A Love Story

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, founder and Executive Director, Remember the Women Institute

Respondent, Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth, Professor, Holocaust Studies, Women's Studies, Language and Literature, Middle Tennessee State University

The event coincided with the date of Remembrance Readings initiated by National Jewish Theater Foundation, which encourages using theatre to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.

The Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook is now available as a free PDF download. It will also be a feature of a virtual Holocaust Theatre Online Collection encyclopedia, part of the work of All About Jewish Theatre, scheduled for release in 2016.

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