Kettering hosts harrowing war drama

A Lesson from Auschwitz
A Lesson from Auschwitz

One of the most disturbing events in human history is portrayed at Kettering Arts Centre at the weekend.

In 1941, Rudolf Hess, Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz, assembled his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe’s Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas.

Every soldier in attendance was sworn to secrecy, and no one questioned its usage.

No one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this “lesson” would be demonstrated

Based upon real events A Lesson from Auschwitz explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp.

The show has come out on tour after appearing in London and its performances has received much praise. The show has been written, produced and directed by James Hylandwho also appears in the play alongside Michael Shon.

Tickets for the show cost £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. The play lasts for an hour and begins at 7.30pm.

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