Summary Of Joshua Sobol 's Ghetto

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Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto is the first part of his Vilna Trilogy, A collection of stories centered around the Vilna Ghetto during the Holocaust, Ghetto premiered in 1984 at Haifa Municipal Theatre in Israel. Since then it has been seen around the world in more than sixty productions and been awarded numerous accolades from countries around the world and even closer to home in Chicago. It won the Jefferson Award for best production in -year-. Since it’s premiere, audiences have been disturbed and moved by the play’s extremely painful portrait of Jews attempting to survive the Nazis at any cost.

In the Vilna Trilogy (Ghetto, Prem. 1984, Adam, Prem. 1989, Underground, Prem. 1991), Joshua Sobol uses historical fact, diaries, and the first-hand recollection of survivors from the Vilna Ghetto. Sobol explores what he perceives as the central moral question of that time and, by extension, our own as well: How any individual can choose good when choosing good over evil is not an option?
 The Vilna region is an area located in Lithuania. Beginning in 1941, the German military administration began issuing an increasing number of anti-Jewish decrees. During the same time the German Einsatzgruppen (in this context, mobile killing squads) aided by Lithuanian auxiliaries killed 5,000 Jewish men in the Ponary forest, a few miles outside of Vilna.

Soon after the massacre in the Ponary forest, the Germans established two ghettos, ghetto # 1 and ghetto # 2 in Vilna in the fall of 1941. Jews…
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