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Yiddish play manuscript draws attention to early Holocaust commemoration in Finland

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure project (EHRI) has published a blog article by PtJA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Simo Muir.

In 2005, when I was working at the National Archives of Finland, I was commissioned to do an inventory of archival material found in a cellar of a building owned by the Jewish Community of Helsinki. Amidst thousands of documents, I found the manuscript of a tableau called Muter Rokhl un ire kinder (Mother Rachel and Her Children) written by Helsinki-born Jac Weinstein in 1948. The tableau depicts the 2000-year-long suffering of the Jewish people culminating in the death camps of the Third Reich. This blog discusses the content and meaning of Weinstein’s tableau, and recent performances of the piece as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’.

Read the whole blog here

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