Mundelein Thespians Takeon Holocaust in Drama
Byline: Daily Herald report
"First they came for the Jews and I didn't speak out because I wasn't Jewish. Then they came for the Communists and I didn't speak out because I wasn't Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me."
These words are attributed to Pastor Martin Niem|ller in 1946. They serve as the inspiration for the title of the Holocaust drama "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," by James Still, which will be presented by Mundelein High School.
The play has been described as a unique theatrical experience, a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II.
Ed was Anne Frank's first boyfriend, and she wrote about him in the beginning of her now-famous diary. Eva Schloss was the same age as Anne Frank and lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam. Her family went into hiding the same day as the Frank family and, like the Frank family, they were betrayed.
On Eva's 15th birthday, her family was arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps.
"This production has been one of the most unique experiences I have had in my teaching and directing career," said Jonathan Meier, the play's director.
"To begin with, working on a piece that has so much technology has been a challenge. The actors have to coordinate with the video footage and, at times, interact with the images
of Ed and Eva on the screen. …