Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman will be performed from February 18 – March 6, 2011 on the Mainstage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Beth Gumnick teaches Drama to 7th and 8th graders at Baylor School and suggested that CTC produce this play partly for the benefit of students whose 8th grade curriculum includes Holocaust studies. Gumnick is directing this production.
Sylvia Wygoda works for the Georgia Commission of the Holocaust. The Commission has loaned CTC the Anne Frank traveling exhibit to display in the lobby during the run of this production. Wygoda is the daughter of Herman Wygoda, Holocaust survivor and author of a book based on his first hand accounts called, “In the Shadow of the Swastika.” Here’s more about the book from the University of Illinois Press:
The memoir of a defiant Polish Jew who commanded Italian resistance fighters during the Holocaust
He was known first as a Warsaw ghetto smuggler, then as Comandante Enrico. He traveled under false identity papers and worked at a German border patrol station. Throughout the years of the Holocaust, Hermann Wygoda lived a life of narrow escapes, daring masquerades, and battles that almost defy reason.
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Tags: "In the Shadow of the Swastika", "The Diary of Anne Frank", Anne Frank Traveling Exhibit, Beth Gumnick director, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Feb.-Mar. 2011, Ga. Commission on the Holocaust, Herman Wygoda, Sylvia Wygoda, Wendy Kesselman