While the Roosevelt administration and American Jewish establishment fiddled,
By Ed Rampell
Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices, which scored a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best New Play in
This is a superb piece of political theater about the struggle to save European Jewry during WWII. It turns out that Adolph Hitler and Adolf Eichmann were not the only ones responsible for their extermination during the Holocaust. According to journalist-turned-playwright Bernard Weinraub, many Jews also perished during the "Final Solution" due to the insidious policies of the
One of the most exciting things about theater and film is how they can dramatize actual figures and events, especially those long ago and far away. Weinraub and director Deborah LaVine artfully bring this real life drama alive, as Jewish activists join forces with a playwright to fight the power and anti-Semitism in the land of the free. Stellar Steven Schub is no schlub as Peter Bergson, the activist from what was then called Palestine, who takes on the kingpin of official American Jewry, Rabbi Stephen Wise (Malachi Throne plays the wise guy) and even Roosevelt (Time Winters), during the winter of European Jewry’s discontent and dismemberment.
Surprisingly, one of the heroes of the crusade to save
During the 1940s Hecht, the son of Jewish immigrants, turned his acid dipped pen, energies and pocketbook to shaming FDR and establishment Jews into rescuing European Jewry from Nazi genocide. As The Accomplices details. Hecht joined Bergson and Merlin (William Dennis Hurley), writing and co-presenting a 1943 memorial pageant entitled We Will Never Die at
The Accomplices plays through June 14 at the Odyssey Theatre,
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