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Volumes for Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre explore the political, social, and cultural functions of theatre while also paying careful attention to detailed performance analysis. The focus of the series is on political approaches to the modern theatre with attention also being paid to theatres of earlier periods and their influences on contemporary drama. Topics in the series are chosen to investigate this relationship and include both playwrights and process, the political structure within theatre companies, and their choice of audience or performance venues.

The Holocaust - the systematic attempted destruction of European Jewry and other "threats" to the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945 - has been portrayed in fiction, film, memoirs, and poetry; however, there has been a lack of information about the theater of the Holocaust. The immediacy of theater affects us emotionally, subliminally, and intellectually, in a direct way that few other art forms can duplicate. Theater of the Holocaust can pay homage to the victims, educate audiences, induce an empathetic response from the audience, raise moral and ethical questions for discussion/debate, and draw lessons from history. Including thorough critical analyses of more than thirty plays, this book explores the seminal twentieth-century Holocaust dramas from the United States, Europe, and Israel. Biographical information about the playwrights, production histories of the plays, and pertinent historical information and provided, placing the plays in their historical and cultural contexts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Staging the Banality of Evil 20

3 Culture and the Holocaust 50

4 The Holocaust as Literature of the Body 71

5 Transcending the Holocaust 94

6 Marxism and the Holocaust 114

7 Aryan Responsibility During the Holocaust, I 143

8 Aryan Responsibility During the Holocaust, II 170

9 Heroism and Moral Responsibility in the Ghettoes 189

10 Dignity in the Concentration Camps 234

11 Holocaust Survivors in the United States and Israel 252

12 The Survivor Syndrome and the Effects of the Holocaust on Survivor Families 275

13 Holocaust Survivor Memory 300

14 The Holocaust and Collective Memory 318

Notes 328

Bibliography 396

Index 433

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