Kindness

 

A Legacy of the Holocaust

“Who could actually imagine? Who could have explained that human beings are capable of such atrocities? If someone had told us, I don’t suppose we would have believed them.” Susan Pollack

Susan Pollack MBE is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who has retired from over 30 years of testifying in schools and entrusted her legacy to us. In this play, we tell her story, layered with stunning complementary narratives and woven with historically accurate Holocaust history. In this way, the production balances emotional impact with complex understandings. Of the play, Susan says; “I sincerely felt very moved and grateful that the play so accurately represented my experiences. It is most wonderful, and I give you my legacy most willingly.”

Mark Wheeller

 

About the Production

Kindness is largely a verbatim play based on the testimony of Hungarian survivor Susan Pollack MBE, aged only 13 when she was sent to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau in the summer of 1944. Interwoven are a number of complementary narratives, including that of Mala Zimetbaum and Edek Galinski whose stunning love story and spiritual resistance is painted across a backdrop of one of the darkest periods in human history.

Kindness has been described as “beautiful and empowering” and “compelling and emotive”. It promises that Susan’s legacy of the Holocaust stays with you for a very long time.

Kindness: A Legacy of the Holocaust is a 1-hour play without interval.

It is expected that venues will want a post show discussion with the writer / Artistic Director and actors, especially if your programming is intended as a Holocaust Memorial or Yom HaShoah event. We can do this after an interval. It is possible that the subject of the play and Voices’ friend Susan Pollack MBE may be able to join us by special arrangement depending. Please discuss this with us in plenty of advance though.

A beautifully woven script, which draws together historical and personal narratives with great skill, insight and sensitivity. Kindness offers a penetrating and concise portrait of difficult historical events/sites and the impact of the Holocaust on people’s lived experiences. Throughout, the plays scenographic choices beautifully support its powerful glimpse into the Shoah and its reverberations. In so doing, it addresses notions of kindness in terms of its absolute absence as well as reflecting by reflecting Susan Pollack’s sense that kindness is “her legacy of the Holocaust:. The play not only opens complex questions of social justice, humanity and remembrance for its audiences, but it also subtly offers each reader the awareness of the possibility of action through the kindness we enable in our own lives.”

Belarie Hyman Zatzman

Associate Professor, York University Canada

Programme for Schools

High quality theatre productions that provides a powerful starting point for Holocaust curriculum objectives as well as giving tremendous value to your Drama departments. 

Acts of Kindness Project

An ‘Acts of Kindness / Mitzvah Project’ to help young people reflect on the ideas contained in the play and as a way of creating a positive commitment to counter the troubling realities that we face in our contemporary society.

History Curriculum Workshops

Our plays are to key education stages 3, 4, 5 - in various key curriculum areas. Our workshops can be catered  from teacher training to higher education students, as well as IGSE levels 3,4,5.

Outreach Programmes

We perform as well for other communities and audiences.  Contact us for more information.

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