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Enacting History

A Practical Guide to Teaching the Holocaust through Theater, 1st Edition

By Mira Hirsch, Janet E. Rubin, Arnold Mittelman


200 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Enacting History is a practical guide for educators that provides methodologies and resources for teaching the Holocaust through a variety of theatrical means, including scripted texts, verbatim testimony, devised theater techniques, and process-oriented creative exercises.

A close collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation I Witness program and the National Jewish Theater Foundation Holocaust Theater International Initiative at the University of Miami resulted in the ground-breaking work within this volume. The material facilitates teaching the Holocaust in a way that directly connects students to individual people and historical events through the art of theater. Each section is designed to help middle and high school educators meet curricular goals, objectives and standards and to integrate other educational disciplines based upon best practices. Students will gain both intellectual and emotional understanding by speaking the words of survivors, as well as young characters in scripted scenes, and developing their own performances based on historical primary sources.

This book is an innovative and invaluable resource for teachers and students of the Holocaust; it is an exemplary account of how the power of theatre can be harnessed within the classroom setting to encourage a deeper understanding of this defining event in history.

Table of Contents

How To Use This Book; CHAPTER 1 Propaganda, the Growth of Nazism, The Nuremberg Laws & Kristallnacht; CHAPTER 2 Perpetrators, Bystanders & Collaborators; CHAPTER 3 Ghettos; CHAPTER 4 Concentration & Extermination Camps; CHAPTER 5 Hiding & Fleeing; CHAPTER 6 Resistance; CHAPTER 7 Liberation; CHAPTER 8 Nazi War Crimes & Judgement; CHAPTER 9 Survivors & Subsequent Generations; CHAPTER 10 Deniers & Denial; Play Descriptions; Works Cited; Index

About the Authors

Mira Hirsch is the Director of Education at Theatrical Outfit (Atlanta), a freelance professional theater director, and an educational consultant for the National Jewish Theater Foundation.

Janet E. Rubin, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Eastern Florida State College where she teaches Speech and Theatre and directs theater productions. She is Past President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Arnold Mittelman is President of the National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) and founding director of NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative at University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies overseeing its research, production and education programs.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION / Arts in Education
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Jewish
HISTORY / Holocaust
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism