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a new play by Wendy Kout

Inspired by the Lives and Words of Ten Holocaust Survivors

Crafted from the actual testimonies of Rochester-based Holocaust Survivors, CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester commissioned this new play to put a human face on this important time in history. A cautionary tale on the risks of normalized hate, this inspirational and uplifting play ensures that the voices of our Survivors will never be silenced.

Survivors weaves the shocking and inspirational stories of Eva Abrams, Erich Arndt, Arthur Herz, Ellen Lewinsky, Rosemarie Molser, Henry Silberstern, Helen Przysuskier, Evie Schuerman, Kurt Weinbach and Carl Voldman.

What Audiences are Saying...

“Your performance inspired me to try to make the world a much happier and safer place.”

-Kirra K, Student, Victor Junior High 

“From the first moment I saw the actor speak my husband’s story, I was so gratified that the playwright was able to capture his spirit and values.”
Sheila Gissin Weinbach, Widow of Kurt Weinbach, Survivor 

“Telling these stories is essential to keep us from repeating tragedies. This had great impact.”

-Terry Fonda Smith, Head of Lower School, Harley School 

“The actors did a tremendous job…the play was powerful, meaningful and very educational.  It humanizes and personalizes the tragedy of the Holocaust.”

-Michael Dobkowski, Department of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Book Survivors 2021

Covid restrictions prevented our troupe from performing Survivors in person this year. To ensure that area students experience this valuable lesson, we have created a special version of the play edited from a previously recorded performance, augmented with historical images.

To explore a virtual screening with optional talkback, contact us.

Survivors was developed with support from the The William & Sheila Konar Foundation with additional support provided by the Cornell Weinstein Family Foundation, the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, ESL Charitable Foundation, and many individual donors. 

Special thanks to Bonnie Abrams, Barbara Appelbaum, Joy Getnick, the Rochester Holocaust Survivors Archive, and the families of our Survivors for assistance creating the play.

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2021 can be obtained by emailing andreaharrington@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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