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Bethlehem, Pa., April 8, 2008—Israeli Holocaust educator Yonat Klar will perform her one-woman show “Childhood,” as part of a Holocaust Remembrance Program on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Moravian College’s Arena Theater. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge. This powerfully moving program is sponsored by the Moravian chapter of the National History Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta.
The performance is based on the book by Jona Oberski, whose fifth birthday celebration in Amsterdam was interrupted when he and his parents were forced to begin their journey to the Bergen-Belzen death camp in Germany. After losing both of his parents, Jona was freed in 1945 at age eight and placed with foster parents. His novella is a fictionalized account inspired by his experiences during the war.
In the play, birthday presents, which have been left behind, are opened by the storyteller, and as the story unfolds, the packages contain children’s toys representing happiness, fun, fantasy, and beauty—symbolizing Jona’s desperate attempt to cling to his lost childhood as it is twisted brutally and destroyed by the evil and destructive reality of the camp.
Yonat Klar is a daughter of Holocaust survivors and for the last 20 years has been teaching, performing, and initiating artistic educational projects related to the humanistic lessons of the Holocaust, including combined Jewish and Arabic projects. Yonat is also a women's rights activist and is one of the founders and leaders of "Anuar" - Arabic and Jewish women's partnership for equal rights for women and for the Israeli Arabs.
The play will be followed by comments and remembrances of Holocaust survivor, Bernard Newfield, who was liberated from Bergen-Belzen on April 15, 1945. The Arena Theater is located in the lower level of the Haupert Union Building located on Moravian College’s Main Street Campus. For more information, call 610-861-1491.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.