Written, Produced and Directed by James Hyland
Performed by Michael Shon and James Hyland
In 1941, Rudolf Höss, Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz, assembled his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe's Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas. Every soldier in attendance was sworn to secrecy, and no one questioned its usage. No one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this "lesson" would be demonstrated.
Based upon real events, 'A Lesson from Auschwitz' explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp.
Proceeds will be donated to charity.
"James Hyland's portrayal of Höss is frightening - a sadist and a manipulative bully who seems capable of any atrocity... Michael Shon impresses as Abraham Könisberg, a man who tries to keep his dignity in this hell. Directed, written and produced by James Hyland, this production should be seen by all - especially in the light of recent events." Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
Approx. 60 mins, no interval