Marc P. Smith’s Last Two Plays on Holocaust Resistance to be Used in the Classroom

The non-profit organization Facing History and Ourselves, headquartered in Brookline, MA, has made the scripts of A Journey to Kreisau and Karski accessible to their national and international teacher network through this page on their website.

Since this posting, we’ve already received and replied to requests from six educators across the U.S. and in Poland.

In case you’ve not heard of Facing History and Ourselves, a visit to their website should be tremendously interesting. From their website, here is their defining purpose:

To help teachers and students confront the complexities of history in ways that promote critical thinking, academic achievement, and moral development. Facing History uses the tools of education to combat bigotry and nurture democracy.

So it should be no surprise that Facing History staff members who have read Marc’s two scripts feel the plays should definitely be part of the resources the organization makes available to its teachers. That teacher network, incidentally, numbers some 14,000 educators nationally and internationally, largely for students in grades 7 through 12, with a small percentage on faculties of two-year or four-year colleges.

Among the opportunities that educators will have is receiving a copy of one or both of the scripts, for classroom study purposes only. Once a teacher has signed and returned the letter of agreement, I will also sign the letter and send a copy back to the teacher and e-mail the script.  For these classroom study purposes, no royalties will be charged. For any performance(s) of the play, a customized letter of agreement will be drawn up to cover the particulars for that educator’s request (inquire by email).

–Susan L. Smith