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Kindertransport (NHB Modern Plays)

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Brutally separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, Eva is brought to England with the promise of a new life. When Eva arrives in London, speaking no English, and feeling very much abandoned, she is taken under the wing of Lil Miller. Between 1939 until the outbreak of World War II, nearly 10,000 Jewish children were taken from their families in Nazi-occupied Germany and sent to live with foster families in Britain. When Evelyn was nine, her mother Helga sent her to live in England to keep her safe from Nazi persecution. The play also focuses on the now assimilated and completely dislocated Eva’s alienation from her actual mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, and the discovery by Faith, Eva’s daughter, of her mother’s unspoken past.

Teresa Eyring Executive Director Theatre Communications Group (TCG) AHO Conference, Miami, FL TCG is a national organization for theatre, based in New York. One day Helga arrives when Eva is in her late teens and Eva tells Helga that Lil and Jack have adopted her and she has been naturalised as English, and her name is now Evelyn.When her own daughter discovers some old letters and photos in the attic, she is forced to confront the truth about who she really is and to reveal a dark secret that she has done everything to keep hidden. In 1939, at the start of the play’s earlier timeline, Helga sends her young daughter Eva to live in England. These pioneering techniques are found in Enacting History: A Practical Guide to Teaching the Holocaust through Theater published by Routledge Press. Through flashbacks, the play presents the hardships faced by Eva, a nine-year-old child sent on a Kindertransport and taken in by a British family. Kindertransport was first performed in the UK by the Soho Theatre Company at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, in London on 13 April 1993 and in the US at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York on 26 April 1994.

Renowned theatre company Shared Experience also revived the play to great acclaim for a regional tour in 2007. Eva’s imagination transforms the official (and most other authority figures) into the Ratcatcher, a mythical villain from a children’s book Helga used to read to Eva. Knight Foundation and private donors, it was gifted to the University of Miami, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, Dr. This play is also available as an A4 Edition, offering spiral binding, a larger print size and additional space for notes. Kindertransport is a play by Diane Samuels, which examines the life, during World War II and afterwards, of a Kindertransport child.Eva Schlesinger, daughter of Helga and Werner, is sent away to live with a foster carer in Manchester, England, temporarily until her parents find work and move to England too. Rubin (Scarecrow Press, 1999), a compilation of eight plays, including Kindertransport, along with related activities and resources for upper elementary, middle and high school students.

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