Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity by Gene A. Plunka

By Gene A. Plunka

The Holocaust - the systematic tried destruction of eu Jewry and different 'threats' to the 3rd Reich from 1933 to 1945 - has been portrayed in fiction, movie, memoirs, and poetry. Gene Plunka's examine will upload to this chronicle with an exam of the theatre of the Holocaust. together with thorough serious analyses of greater than thirty performs, this publication explores the seminal twentieth-century Holocaust dramas from the us, Europe, and Israel. Biographical information regarding the playwrights, construction histories of the performs, and pertinent old details are supplied, putting the performs of their ancient and cultural contexts.

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37 Barnes implicates the audience, accusing the spectators of the same complicity shared by Cranach, Else, and Stroop, who laugh at atrocity. Moreover, we can now understand the relevance of the epilogue. Bimko and Bieberstein make jokes about their imminent death; the comedy suggests their complacency and inability to act. Joking about the problem is futile, an excuse to avoid confronting the brutal reality of their fates. ”38 Barnes has commented on the implications of the play’s message about the need to assume responsibility, rather than laugh at the banality of evil: When we did Laughter at the Royal Court, I used to go into performances, and I felt waves of hate coming out of the audience.

Eichmann explains how his vision of genocide conformed to the will of the typical civil servants who participated in the Wannsee Conference, where Heydrich introduced the concept of the Final Solution: Not one official there–and I was the low man, taking notes, only–not one man raised one objection. Not one. And these were civil servants from the old Reich, not the SS, not the Party. These were bourgeois “gentlemen” who had never deigned to give my type the time of day. 3 million Jews “disappear” … I drank my fine wine and thought, “Today I am Pontius Pilate.

In the coming years they’ll institutionalize it, take the passion out of killing, turn men into numbers and the slaughter’ll be so vast no one mind’ll grasp it, no heart’ll break ‘cause of it” (365). As the play closes and Ivan strains to listen to “Deutschland Über Alles,” Samael’s comments clearly form the segue to Auschwitz. The personalized brutalities of Ivan the Terrible lead directly to the impersonal genocide of the Nazi regime. The slaughter, based on whim during feudal times, is now institutionalized by the Nazis.

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