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To Witness, Console, and Lament
To Witness, Console, and Lament

Sun, Apr 09


Holocaust Museum LA

To Witness, Console, and Lament

Join us for this world premier dramatic reading of Yitshak Katzenelson's dramatic work about the Warsaw Ghetto, Song of the Massacred Jewish People. The text will be read in English and Yiddish as directed by Jeremy Aluma and with special guest appearance by Mike Burstyn.

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Apr 09, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Begun in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto where he was interned with his wife and sons, the acclaimed Yiddish poet Yitzhak Katzenelson achieved something that has rarely, if ever, been achieved: an epic requiem composed in hellish circumstances.  While Katzenelson perished in Auschwitz soon after, his requiem miraculously survived.  In a masterful recent English translation by Jack Hirschman, this work gives us an eye-witness account like no other to the depredations of the ghetto and the acts of heroism, a consolation to those who remained, and ultimately, a lyrical lament for those who did not. For the first time, this program brings Katzenelson's work dramatically alive.

This program is presented in partnership with the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language.


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