Witness Theater: From Harmony to Horror to Hope

March 4, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

A one-time theatrical performance, Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield

They were young: children and teens, driven out their homes and villages, brutally separated from mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.They endured hunger, bitter cold and constant fear. They hid. They fled. They fought and survived. They remember and their stories will not be forgotten.

A living testimony, an act of courage: Six Holocaust Survivors and Six High School Students

In commemoration of Yom HaShoah 2013, six Holocaust survivors will be joined by six high school students for an extraordinary one-time theatrical event to be staged at the Jewish Community Center’s Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield.

Witness Theater is an innovative intergenerational “journey” for Holocaust survivors and high school students. The two generations work together to collectively prepare and stage a public performance which dramatizes survivors’ stories. A range of drama techniques, including improvisation and role-playing are used to help survivors overcome obstacles to retelling and reliving their traumatic experiences and transform the individual stories into the final script and ultimately into a semi-professional stage production. Professionals guide the creative process and encourage free expression by both survivors and students.


Tickets for the April 8 performance have been generously underwritten by the Nora and Guy Barron Jewish Life Millennium Fund. Ticket reservations are required. Donations will be accepted at the performance for the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families.

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