THE REPRESENTATION OF SECOND GENERATION HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND MURDERERS IN CERTIFICATE OF LIFE: On and Off the Stage

Roy Horovitz

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Abstract

Ron Elisha, the first Jewish-Australian playwright to be produced so far in Australia, New Zealand, North America, England, France, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, and Israel, keeps returning to “the scene of the crime” in his writing, i.e. The Holocaust. The Israeli production of his play, “Certificate of Life” (staged at the Cameri theater, 2017) was uniquely cast. The three leading ladies were a Holocaust survivor (as a Holocaust survivor), a daughter of a survivor (as her daughter) and a German born and raised actress, whose parents converted to Judaism after the war (as the German clerk). Matters of reality vs. fiction, personal biography and artistic invention were very present in the process of making the show and its eventual reception by critics and audiences alike. This chapter, written by the director of that special production, seeks to explore Elisha’s prolific body of work as a “Holocaust playwright”, to follow the sources of his inspiration, analyze the main themes of his play, document the work process on the Israeli production, and examine the way it was received.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages61-72
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000926118
ISBN (Print)9781032254333
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz and Amit Shrira; individual chapters, the contributors.

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