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Just an Ordinary Peasant is based on my uncle’s experience as an inmate at Treblinka extermination camp in 1944. His memoir recounts that while being forced to carry corpses from the gas chambers to an open-air pyre, he was handed a sack which held little children who were still alive. The guard commanded the sack be thrown into the fire.

 

The woman I play in Just an Ordinary Peasant is a hybrid character created from the memoirs of my uncle, my parents and my own research. She sings and dances and also throws a sack of babies into the fire.

 

This piece explores my own biases as well as questions the culpability of ‘ordinary people’ who were accomplices to the atrocities carried out during the Third Reich.

A Tale from Treblinka : Just an Ordinary Peasant

Just an Ordinary Peasant

Coci coci wapki

Coci coci wapki

Thowing the Sack

Thowing the Sack

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Scram Yid

Scram Yid

You're not welcome here

You're not welcome here

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