Some of us found a way to fight.
Some of us sang on our way to death.
Some of us could only hope.
All of us had a name.
So starts the powerful play, The Strength of Their Spirit, based on actual events and real people. It is the story of what Anne Frank might have witnessed from her attic window, as her spirit pleaded for peace in the midst of the horrors around her.
It is set in Amsterdam, Holland, our narrator is Miriam, Anne's best friend, the last person to see Anne alive at the Bergen Belson concentration camp where they were both held prisoner. We follow the stories of several real people, as they gather courage from one another to fight for freedom and dignity for all.
Miriam, Anne Frank's closest friend, and the last to see her alive, at the Bergen-Belson concentration camp, survived the ordeal. Anne we know did not. It is Miraim who tells the story.
There are dark moments in the play -- but it leaves us with hope for the future, and a determination not to let such a thing happen again. As Rachel, Miriam's mother tells her, "Let your spirit soar like the gulls! In the strength of your spirit there is freedom!"
Interspersed in the play are actual poems written by young people during their times of hiding.
The show was premiered at the Des Moines Community Playhouse in 1998, and has received numerous performnces since. It is a great favorite for one act play competitions. It was originally produced in conjunction with performances of the play The Diary of Anne Frank at the Des Moines Playhouse.