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Ghetto

Ghetto

Joshua Sobol

The play, GHETTO, is based on the true story of a theatre that functioned in the Jewish ghetto of Vilnius amidst the darkest days of the Holocaust.

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The play, GHETTO, is based on the true story of a theatre that functioned in the Jewish ghetto of Vilnius amidst the darkest days of the Holocaust. Kittel is a young music loving SS officer who rules over the ghetto with a saxophone in one hand and an automatic pistol in the other. His sudden whims jeopardize the lives of thousands. He falls in a forbidden love with the Jewess Hayyah. She is a singer, an actress, who on the edge of death, gives with her heart rending performance of songs written in the ghetto, a vigorous and moving reminder of the heroic indestructibility of the human spirit. Jacob Gens, the leader of the Jewish council that runs the ghetto, ordered the Puppeteer Srulik to found the theatre as part of his tactics of survival.  The theatre, with its vital and dynamic performances of scenes, songs and dances, becomes a centre of solidarity for the oppressed community facing imminent annihilation, reminding the people that there is a life of the spirit, and of art, that cannot be crushed. Theatre, music and dance become a metaphor of the indestructibility of the human spirit in the darkness of the darkest times.  
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