Yom HaShoah Community Observance featuring Etty: A One-Woman Play - 92Y, New York

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Yom HaShoah Community Observance featuring Etty: A One-Woman Play

Susan Stein
Etty: A One-Woman Play
Photo Credit: Ricardo Barros

Join in community and stand together as we observe Yom HaShoah at 92Y.

This year’s remembrance program will feature words from Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, Julia Zeuner, Program Director of Himan Brown Senior Program, and performances by the Himan Brown Senior Program’s Chorus.

After there will be a performance and talkback with Susan Stein, writer and performer of Etty: A One-Woman Play based on the diaries and writings of Etty Hillesum.

Etty is a one-woman play adapted from the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman living in the German-occupied Netherlands. Etty writes the life she is living—her loves, her body, her work, her wry sense of humor, her deep sensuality, and her yearning spirituality in 1942 Amsterdam. As the world closes in around her, Etty digs deep into her soul to root out hatred and bitterness, finding a freedom within herself that is unshakeable. Using only Hillesum’s words, the play presents one woman’s struggle to sustain humanity in the face of brutality. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a "bit of a say" in what she hopes will be a new world. Ettyplay.org

For those that are survivors who hid during the Holocaust, or have family members that did, please join us for a program on May 14 at 1 pm called Mapping Hiding Places Project with Dr. Dienke Hondius of VU University Amsterdam and advisor and staff member at the Anne Frank House.

Susan Stein

Susan Stein is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist based in NYC. Stein has spent the past seven years touring her original play, Etty