In commemoration of Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, a staged reading of selected scenes from Marc P. Smith’s play, Karski, was the focus of a remembrance event on April 15th, presented by the synagogues of Central Massachusetts and the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. An encouragingly large turnout, with all ages represented, provided a rapt and attentive audience for the powerful story of Jan Karski. This Polish underground hero is referred to as the man who tried to stop the Holocaust; his courage in bearing witness is a story worth re-telling, especially through the immediacy of live theatre.
Among many comments on this play:
“There are many ways to present the little-known story of incredible individual courage in perilous times. Film, biography, painting, lectures—but to this list should be added theater. Reading Marc Smith’s play about Jan Karski is a powerful experience. I am confident that performers and audiences alike will be transformed by presenting and watching ‘Karski’ on stage. I encourage actors at schools and community theaters to tackle this powerful material.” – Wanda Urbanska (former president, Jan Karski Educational Foundation)
“I was so moved by the staged reading of Karski. It served to remind me of the atrocities committed against fellow human beings that we must never be allowed to forget.” -Pauline Gallant (R.N, Retired School Nurse)
“Karski’s story is heart wrenching and inspiring; it seems unthinkable and beyond believing, even though we now know better. The story revealed in Karski is ancient history to today’s school kids. So it’s imperative to keep alive the truth of it. The past is easily forgotten. We need to be reminded—over and over—forever.” – Martha M. Hesse (Retired Educator)