This first English anthology of Israeli Holocaust drama makes available five important Israeli dramatic works, focusing on the more controversial productions of the last two decades.
Although it once relied on a repertoire drawn largely from other countries, the fledgling Israeli stage is coming into its own, and a hearty generation of native writers makes this volume a welcome tradition to what has been a dearth of contemporary Hebrew drama available in English.
This collection brings together for the first time the dramatic responses to the Holocaust from two generations of Israeli playwrights. Leah Goldberg, Aharon Megged, and Ben Zion Tomer were born in Eastern Europe and settled in British Palestine before World War II.
Joshua Sobol and Motti Lerner were born in British Palestine and Israel respectively. Written some forty years after the events, their plays question the conventional notion of heroism, of good and evil, and the more ambiguous moral issues of collaboration and the failure to resist.
Michael Taub is professor of Liberal Studies at Purchase College, SUNY. He is the editor of Modern Israeli Drama and of An Anthology of Israeli Drama for the New Millennium, and the author of Films about Jewish Life and Culture.