Documentary theatre by Lisa Sommerfeldt
22 October 1940 is one of the darkest days in Bruchsal's history: Early in the morning, almost all Jews in Bruchsal were arrested. They were herded through town to the station, from where they were deported to the internment camp in Gurs.
The event is documented in the NS-propaganda film titled Bruchsal judenfrei! Die letzten Juden verlassen Bruchsal (lit. Bruchsal free of Jews! The last Jews are leaving Bruchsal). Among the people: a small girl with a hat box.
Carsten Ramm, theatre manager at the time, asked: "Who was this girl? What happened to her?" Author Lisa Sommerfeldt and dramaturg and director Petra Jenni started researching and found out that it is Edith Leuchter (née Loeb), who lives in the USA and was then 94 years old. She was only 13 when she, her mother and her grandmother were deported to Gurs. Her little brother, Heinz, was in a children's home in Frankfurt at the time. Her father had already moved to the USA. Edith was rescued from the camp and had to hide in a foreign country under a false name. After the war, she managed to emigrate to New York. Heinz and her mother were murdered in Auschwitz.
Lisa Sommerfeldt wrote a piece of documentary theatre about the faith of Edith Leuchter and her family for Badische Landesbühne. Based on interviews, letters, court files, and other contemporary historical sources, Mädchen mit Hutschachtel (Girl with hat box) tells the story of one of the last Holocaust-Survivors from Bruchsal, making one of the darkest chapters in German history tangible for the later-borns. In a time where nationalism and racist are once again on the rise, the culture of remembering has to be kept alive. Because what happened to Edith and her family, what happened to millions of Jews must never happen again.
1 Stunden 35 Minuten
ab 14 Jahren
Uraufführung 13. Oktober 2022
Laufzeit: 91 Minuten
Preis: 12 €
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Inszenierung: Petra Jenni
Bühne: Tilo Schwarz
Kostüme: Kerstin Oelker
Edith: Hannah Ostermeier
Heinz/Fritz/Kurt: Frederik Kienle
Julie/Regine/Debbie: Magdalena Suckow
Max/Maria/Frank/Julie: Kim Vanessa Földing