[Press & Publications] ACT RISES FROM THE ASHES OF AUSCHWITZ [History; Drama]



May 2000

No 98

A stark drama that has literally risen from the ashes of Auschwitz is to be performed at the University of Leicester.

Search Through The Ashes, by Djordje Lebovic, has been brought to the campus by Annabelle Sreberny, of the University’s Centre for Mass Communication Research. It is also supported by the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies at the University.

“This is a play that deals with the horror of the Holocaust, pieced together from fragments from history and providing a powerful insight into the minds of the perpetrators as well as the suffering of its victims,” said Professor Sreberny.

The hour-long performance is based on authentic documents, mainly from the writings of prisoners who serviced the gas chamber and crematoria at Auschwitz.

“Written in secret and concealed in tins and bottles, these papers were buried in the ashpits of the crematoria, to be discovered only after the war. They are counterpointed by the memoirs of the Camp Commandant, written between his trail and execution, and the diary of one of the Camp doctors.”

Professor Sreberny suggested that the play would be of interest to students in school or college who are learning about this period, to anyone interested in contemporary history and contemporary drama, and to all those concerned to learn some lessons from history and work toward tolerance.

“It is quite a coup for Leicester to have this performance by Prime Productions - it was first performed last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

Search Through The Ashes will be performed on May 16, 17 and 18 at 8pm in the Attenborough Theatre, University of Leicester. Tickets, priced £7 (concs £4) from the University of Leicester Students’ Union shop 223 1138; Leicester Tourist Info Centre 299 4444.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Professor Sreberny on 0116 252 3861 or Professor Aubrey Newman on 0116 252 2804.


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