There were more than 1.5 million children murdered in Europe by the Nazi regime during World War II. More than 1.2 million were Jewish children, tens of thousands were Gypsy and thousands more were institutional handicapped children.
The most well-known child who died at the hands of German Nazis was Anne Frank, whose famous diary has inspired and given insight into the hopes and terror of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
Jack Adler was one of the 175, 000 children who survived the Nazi torture. He like most was an orphan. He will share his story of his internment and liberation from the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 31 at the Coastside Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.
Tickets for are $25 and $15 for students and educators. Appetizers will be served.
Included will be a tour of The Diary of Anne Frank and Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit. Theatre patrons with tickets to The Diary of Anne Frank may tour the exhibit before the play; the exhibit opens one hour before curtain.
Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by The Anne Frank Center USA.
Group tours and school tours may make reservations to tour the exhibit by contacting Lene Whitley-Putz at firstname.lastname@example.org 650.787.4452.
Jack Adler’s moving story is a testament to the indomitability of the human spirit that mirrors the transcendent story of The Diary of Anne Frank on stage at the Coastal Repertory Theatre, which runs September 14 through October 6 in conjunction with the exhibit.
The life story of Anne Frank is the centerpiece of this exhibition, juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family as a history lesson demonstrating the effects of National Socialism and devastation of the Holocaust on a German-Jewish family. Emphasis is placed on the distinction between individuals who chose to join the Nazi Party and become perpetrators, those who remained bystanders, and the select few who resisted Nazi tyranny.
Jack Adler was born in Pabianice, Poland on February 1, 1929. His very religious family owned and operated a successful textile business in the larger nearby city of Lodz. Everything changed during the first week of September, 1939 when Nazi soldiers marched into and occupied his hometown. The Jewish residents were forced to move into a section designated as the “Jewish Quarter”, or ghetto. All freedoms were removed. Many died or became ill. His older brother, Chaim, and his mother perished here.
The Pabianice Ghetto was soon liquidated and those who survived were sent to the larger Lodz Ghetto, until 1944 when the Lodz Ghetto was liquidated. Jack and his his father and two sisters were sent to the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps.. Jack was the only member of his immediate family to survive. He was liberated on May 1, 1945 at the age of 16. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1946 as a war orphan, learned English, graduated high school, and went to college. He met his future wife in 1952, married her in 1953 and fathered two children. Jack graduated from Chicago’s Central YMCA High School in 1950. He attended Roosevelt University and graduated from Walton School of Commerce in accounting and business administration in 1953. He also served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
The pain from his years in the ghettos and concentration camps was often times unbearable. He associated with a small group of Jewish refugees in his new home of, Illinois, but rarely discussed his experiences with anyone else, including his children. It wasn’t until his children had grown and had children of their own that he began to open up about his past. Upon moving to Denver in 1985 he met some people who encouraged him to take his story to the classroom and began lecturing in the Denver metropolitan area. Although still painful, he became aware of how his stories had impacted many of the students he lectured to. Today his lectures are in great demand. His story reaches more than 45,000 people each year throughout the country.
Dr. Robert Levin is Director of Education at Anne Frank Center, USA and a graduate of Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon universities. Dr. Levin creates and oversees educational content for the Center including: on and off-site curricula; student, adult, and educator tours; programs for schools, libraries, religious institutions, and community centers; and all curricula-based material. He develops educator resources, classroom guides, and our online learning materials; and chairs the process of selecting Spirit of Anne Frank award winners. He was named a University Distinguished Professor in Teaching.
“I am inspired by Anne Frank, who wrote young people ‘shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think said Levin. He also said that he is inspired as well by Dr. Elliot Eisner, who wrote ‘the arts help children learn to say what cannot be said’; that arts taps into children’s ‘poetic capacities’ for expression. I believe education in the arts allows all ages.”
Levin develops educator resources, classroom guides, and our online learning materials; and chairs the process of selecting Spirit of Anne Frank award winners. Robert has taught English and History in the classroom; been a school principal, curriculum designer, and staff developer; and named a University Distinguished Professor in Teaching.
Otto Frank founded the Center in 1977. The Anne Frank Center honors the life of Anne Frank and her diary by making it a living history lesson of the consequences of anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. The Center distributes traveling exhibits throughout North America, offers permanent and current exhibits in its New York City Gallery, as well as programs, lectures, and films to students and the community.
For additional information about The Anne Frank Center, please visit www.annefrank.com
Dates and showtimes for The Diary of Anne Frank are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $17 to $35.
For more information contact 650.569.3266 or visit www.coastalrep.com. Coastal Repertory Theatre is located at 1167 Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California