A touring group of highly trained New England Dance Ensemble (NEDE.org) members ranging in age from 6-18 present a 40-minute production of “A Child’s View of the Holocaust” in the Temple Beth Abraham social hall.
A light lunch at noon will precede the performance.
Artistic Director Barbara Mullen choreographed the original drama ballet in 1990. The production recognizes the atrocities that occurred towards Jews at the hands of the Nazi party in Germany between 1939 and 1945.
The ballet will be followed with a special Q&A with Barbara Mullen and the cast.
Nothing can erase the tragedy of a systematic attempt to exterminate a race, but showing respect for the survivors and regard for the human spirit imparts valuable lessons.
Holocaust survivor Paul Oppenheimer believes memories of Auschwitz and the Holocaust belong in the schools, noting, "It should not be taught as a history lesson but as a lesson in history; it should never happen again."
While illuminating historical events, the production may also be applied to contemporary issues including bullying and prejudice.
In 2011, “A Child’s View of the Holocaust” was awarded the prestigious Charles A. Hildebrandt Award from the Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State College.
The event is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome.