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Monday, 30 March 2009

A Play I Want to See

Tovah Feldshuh is starring on B'way in Irena's Vow, a play about Irena Gut Opdyke, the Polish woman in World War II who was to Poland, what was to Occupied Poland what Miep Gies, was for the Netherlands: a life-risking hero who hid Jews from the Gestapo and certain death.

Whereas Gies hid the Frank family and four others in the sealed-off back rooms of her company's office building in Amsterdam, Opdyke was able to stash a full dozen in the cellar of a confiscated Jewish villa where she was housekeeper for the highest ranking Nazi officer in the area, a Major Rugemer. This population grew in that cramped confinement, and, when an abortion was proposed as a safety measure for the whole group, Opdyke railed against it. Being a Catholic as well as an eye-witness to the Nazi atrocities being committed, she vowed to save every life she could.
You know how long it's been since I was in NY and there was anything playing in which I had any interest?

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