On Wednesday, the entire senior class attended the biographical off-Broadway play “Wiesenthal,” recounting the life of Simon Wiesenthal, known as the “Jewish James Bond,” a Holocaust survivor renowned for his work as a “Nazi hunter” who tracked down Nazi war criminals all over the world in order to bring them to trial and justice.
In preparation for the play, Dr. Taylor presented a background session on Wiesenthal’s life and work.
The riveting one man play was both written by and stars Tom Dugan, the son of a World War II veteran who liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.  During Wiesenthal’s long career, he brought to justice some 1,100 Nazis and when asked what the rationale was behind his devotion to his life’s work, he said, “I believe in G-d and in life after death and when I meet in the world to come the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust, I want to be able to say “I did not forget you.”
The students were moved by the play’s stirring messages about tenacity and heroism, and they then had the opportunity to find out even more interesting information during a Q&A session with Mr. Dugan after the play.
In conjunction with the “Names, Not Numbers” project, Tova Rosenberg, the project’s creator and director, was able to secure fully funded tickets for our students from the Shoah Foundation, whose members thought the play would “align very well with the students’ project.”
 

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