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Northshore April 2016

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100 | APRIL 2016 BY JEANNE O'BRIEN COFFEY Playwright Anna Smulowitz stimulates thoughtful discussions among young people with her play, Terezin: Children of the Holocaust. Bully Pulpit photographs by Rachael Kloss When Anna Smulowitz was nine years old, she promised herself she would find a way to let the world know what her family had lost in the Hol- ocaust. Born in a displaced persons camp to parents who had survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald, young Smulowitz had just learned from her mother that her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were all killed by Nazi soldiers. "I was so overwhelmed that I promised to write something to let [the Nazis] know what they had taken away from me," Smulowitz recalls. She eventually channeled that innocent anger into writing Terezin: Children of the Holocaust, a play that has been resonating with people of all ages and backgrounds since she wrote it in 1970 as a graduate student. "[The play] grabs you and takes you inside a nightmare that never should have happened," says Marc Clopton, who has directed the play on several occasions. "Watching the children be psychologically twisted by circumstances reveals how twist- ed the Nazi machinery was." The play's humanity has given it staying power through the dec- ades. It has been experienced by thousands of people, from seventh Katherine Hall and Ella Bernard are actors in Terezin: Children of the Holocaust. in-depth LIVE

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