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Temple Shalom Presents Free Play, Under a Yellow Star

AUBURN, ME (January 13, 2022) — Temple Shalom is proud to present “Under a Yellow Star”, on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 pm. A peer-education play, based on real children and their writings during the Holocaust. The cast members (MSAD 17 students) are representing these children. Students have researched their roles as well as other survivors. Students will be teaching peers and others about the Holocaust, tolerance and understanding of the difference between people.

Students have also researched the camps, the ghettos, the Kindertransport, The Righteous Among Nations propaganda and censorship. Students have worked through many exercises to understand why normal German citizens went along with Hitler’s pogrom. They have also researched genocides and crimes against humanity before and after WWII.

After the performance the children, who range in age from 5-16 and three adult actors, will come back onto the stage to answer questions from the audience about the Holocaust. The cast members will talk about what kids can do to help create a diverse, accepting and welcoming community for all. This look at the Holocaust from a child’s perspective helps children understand the dangers of prejudice and discrimination and how it can spread on a large scale.

This performance is geared to adults and students in 5th through 8th grade. The performance will be held at Temple Shalom, 74 Bradman Street, Auburn, Maine on Sunday, January22, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The performance is approximately 90 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Under a Yellow Star is sponsored by SAD 17, Maine Humanities Council, Oxford Hills Rotary, Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Federal Credit Union, Dirigo Federal Credit Union, Bearfoot Realty and private donors

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