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Laughter as Resistance: Performance During the Holocaust

4:15 pm

The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Education Week will present a lecture by Rebecca Joy Fletcher on Monday, January 31 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Center Auditorium in the Merrick Building. Fletcher will lecture on ”Laughter as Resistance: Performance During the Holocaust.” Inside concentration camps and ghettos during the Holocaust, evidence of the importance placed on the performing arts can be found: cabaret, Yiddish theater, poetic recitation, song recitals, opera, and symphonies. This lecture will focus on the art form of cabaret and its special brand of social and political satire. Can satiric song and comedic sketch material from the cabarets of the Holocaust be considered in retrospect a form of compliance or spiritual resistance? The lecture will be accompanied by selections of archival film footage, photographs from ghetto cabarets, and brief performances of cabaret songs. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail [email protected] or call 305-284-6882.  Seating is limited; first come, first served.  After 4 p.m., UM parking lots are available to the public free of charge.

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