|poster from www.ultimachamada.fr|
Please also read this post on 'A Russian Review of Books'
8-9 May 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the end of the second world war in EuropeTomorrow, 4 May 2010, in Caen-Mondeville the French theatre troupe Ultima Chamada performs a stage version of 'Address Unknown' (Inconnu à cette addresse or, in German, Adressat Unbeknownt), a super-bestselling story by American Kathrine Kressman Taylor, based on true events leading up to the Holocaust. Tragic as it is, it's also extremely funny. And if there is one holocaust story everyone should read, this is the one.
If you can't make it, there is a clip of the performance on the compagnie's web-site.
And the book is available in most French mediatheques, because it was a huge bestseller in France in 1995 - the 50th anniversary of the liberation of nazi concentration camps. The second time it became so. Before that, in 1930s, it was one of the first stories to open eyes of Americans to show what was happening in nazi Germany. And the author Kressman Taylor, then in her 90-s, was happily signing copies and giving interviews. If you do buy the book, make sure you get the edition with her son's moving afterword.
The stage version is set to music by Gershwin, Bach, Bernstein and Kurt Weill.
4 May, Tuesday
starts at 20:30