Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Westerbork Serenade Shares Info with Doctoral Candidate

Emmy Kreilkamp is a PHD candidate in Philosophy in Theatre and Drama, at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. The title of her dissertation is: "Performing in Dark Times: Theatre in Nazi Concentration Camps."
Emmy got hold of me through the web site. I shared recordings from interviews I had conducted in 1997 and 1998 with Westerbork survivors: Hans Margules, Hannelore Eisinger and Louis Dewijze.
Here is Professor Kreilkamp's thesis statement:

"Survivor testimony,memoirs,and extant performance texts are utilized in this study,which examines the significance of theatrical performances given in Nazi transit,labor, and death camps during the Second World War. Using a Marxist perspective,the work addresses whether there were any quantifiable material changes in the prisoners’living conditions which aided inmates’physical survival,whether there were psychological effects of performances which aided inmates’mental survival,and whether there were opportunities to subvert the official Nazi purposes of performances,thereby undermining the power structure of the camp."

Emmy had many follow up questions for me about what I understood about privilege for performers in the Westerbork reviews; the effects of the shows on audiences in the camp; and what, if any, satirical propaganda appeared in the performances.
I told her that the stars of the shows such as Max Ehrlich, Willy Rosen and Camilla Spira were not only delayed from transport, but also lived in private cottages as opposed to the massive barracks.
Some mild ridicule appeared in the camp with such satirical songs as, "The Westerbork Serenade," by Dutch singers, Johnny and Jones.
I mentioned that audiences were not compelled to attend the performances at Westerbork. Infact, though many were opposed to entertainment in this crisis, the shows were always sold out. In the end, of course, grim fate was sealed for most of the Westerbork artists and audiences, famous or not.
Emmy's other research interests are listed as: Theatre and the Holocaust, theatre and war, theatre for social change, Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal,women and the theatre, 1960s American experimental theatre, cabaret, improvisation, directing,dramaturgy, theatre history, dramatic literature, theory and criticism.
for more info on Professor Kreilkamp go to
We wish you all the best on your dissertation defense scheduled for spring 2016!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Unfininished film about Nazi Camps

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spot On brings Israeli theatre to the Netherlands My friends in The Netherlands are bringing a show over from Israel: Dutch tour April-May 2015 We are happy to bring to The Netherlands the Israeli theater production The Timekeepers.An internationally acclaimed and award winning drama over the destiny of a young German homosexual and a conservative elderly Jew in the Holocaust.Playlist and tickets pre-sale: Ticket price: Pre-sale (on-line) 12,50€ At the box-office 15,00€ All performances start at 20h

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"The Nazis Next Door" How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

Hit the title to go to an NPR report about a new book by Eric Lichtblau that tells how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre: Act One presents: Welcome To Terezin

In October 1941, the Czech town of Terezin was turned into a ghetto for Jews and renamed Theresienstadt by the occupying Nazi forces. Welcome to Terezin. But what is Terezin? Is it really the Paradise Ghetto the Nazis claim it to be? A sanctuary where Jewish actors and singers and artists are detained for their own protection during the Second World War? Or is it another concentration camp? Come and see for yourself, as you join the Danish Red Cross inspector on a tour of this little fortress 30 miles north of Prague and enjoy the Cabaret Gala, featuring stars like Johnny & Jones from Holland, movie star Kurt Gerron who is making a documentary film about the ghetto and the Angel of Terezin herself… This powerful new play with a strong cabaret-style – specially commissioned for Act One – features some of the actual songs that were created and performed in Terezin. Act One has developed a reputation for new and innovative work over many years and has championed new writing as well as a fresh approach to classical texts. Previous successes have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under Milk Wood, Good Times, Canterbury Tales, His Dark Materials, and last year’s new play The Ghosts of Tyneham. By Philip Glassborow Directed by Adam Forde Mill Studio Wed 26 Mar - Sat 29 Mar Eves 7:30pm Thur & Sat mats 2:30pm ADULTS £10 UNDER 18s £8