January 18, 7:00 pm
The Elaine Wolf Theatre
Wiesenthal, a one man play by Tom Dugan. On the day of his retirement the famed “Nazi Hunter” Simon Wiesenthal welcomes one final group of students to his Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria. With warmth, wit and surprising humor this charming man known as “The Conscience of the Holocaust” recounts the remarkable story of how, after cheating death at the hands of Hitler’s dreaded S.S, he dedicated his life to tracking down and bringing to justice the greatest mass murderers in human history. While packing up his files on this April afternoon 2003 Wiesenthal, affectionately called “The Jewish James Bond,” recounts, like a gripping spy thriller, how he solved his most sensational cases. Unmasking such notorious villains as Franz Stangl, the Treblinka death camp commandant, Franz Murer “The Butcher of Wilna” and the infamous “Architect of the Holocaust” Adolph Eichmann. At days end it’s time for this 20th century hero to finally leave the war behind and go home to his wife Cyla, but not before warning his young friends that, although progress has been made since the dark days of Nazi Germany, the human savage still lurks just below this wafer-thin veil of civilization.
“Powerful. Insightful. Moving. Heartbreaking and beautiful.” – Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times