On Monday 27th January Fakenham Academy and Sixth Form went to the Playhouse to watch ‘A Lesson From Auschwitz’, a play that explained why the Nazi’s decided to use gas to commit genocide. Our performance coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz which added to the already tense and thought provoking atmosphere.
We would like to thank all of the students from years 10 – 13 for their maturity and sensitivity to the subject matter and to Jodie for her write up of the performance.
Mr Eaves, Miss Frammingham, Mrs Curtis, Mrs Higgins and Ms Syer.
A Lesson From Auschwitz
This was not at all what I expected.
Originally, I had no idea what I was going to watch or experience but needless to say I definitely was not disappointed. The moment I stepped into the theatre it was clear this was going to be a real eye opener, from the eerie music to the prisoner hunched on stage with a sign hung around his neck that translated to “I am back”. One thing that stuck out to me was that there were members of the audience taking flash photos of the actor on stage while they sat in the comfort of their own seats, this to me highlighted how little respect people have and had throughout history for things such as this, that should be respected.
Throughout the play there were only ever two actors on stage although it did not feel this way. We as the audience were made to feel that we were German soldiers being recruited by Rudolf Höss. Through his speech he demonstrated the level of disrespect and ugly truth of the treatment of Jews. It was unsettling to be put in the role of “German soldiers” and to experience what they would have been brainwashed into thinking. It opened my mind to the ignorance and raw truth of history during the Holocaust. To add to the reality and depth of the performance the Jewish prisoner died on stage but was continually beaten by Höss on stage even after his death, something that really put a lump in my throat.
Throughout the play the room was silent, you genuinely could have heard a pin drop. At the end of the play I debated whether to clap, as what I had just experienced was nothing to applaud although I recognised the effort and hours what would have been put into this tear jerking performance so I applauded the actors. In conclusion this performance was not one for the light hearted but it was certainly an eye opener.
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