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Broken Glass

 A Kristalnacht Play

November 16 + November 17 at the Cohen Center

On November 9th, 1938, Nazis in Germany destroyed synagogues, Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed almost 100 Jews. This night is known as “Kristallnacht”, or the Night of Broken Glass. Join us to discuss and reflect on this traumatic past and its resonance today at the showing of "Broken Glass," a play originally written and preformed in 1994 that considers how the terror Kristallnacht penetrated the American Jewish community. 




Arthur Miller's new play at the Booth Theater, "Broken Glass," asks the intriguing question, "Why can't Sylvia Gellburg walk?" Paralyzed from the waist down, the woman, a middle-aged Brooklyn housewife, is otherwise in perfect health. There's nothing of the neurotic about her. She's smart, strong-willed and just as baffled as everyone else by her condition. True, the time is 1938 and she's obsessed by a newspaper photo of two elderly Jews forced by Nazi thugs to scrub a street with a toothbrush. But events 4,000 miles away in Germany can't have much to do with the sudden numbing of her legs that has relegated her to a wheelchair and left her husband, Phillip, frustrated and angrier than usual. Or can they?

Source: The New York Times

The Story​ of "Broken Glass"

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