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"Kindertransport" Play to be Performed at Pomona College

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The play Kindertransport, which follows a brave Jewish child who was evacuated from Nazi Germany to Britain to escape persecution, will be performed on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 11-13 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Pomona College (Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). After the Friday performance, there will be a special talk given by Pomona College Professor Emerita of Romance Languages and Literature Monique Saigal-Escudero, who was a "hidden child" in France and didn't know her true identity as Jewish until she was an adult. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for faculty, staff, students and seniors. Pomona College Professor of Theatre Betty Bernhard is the director.

After the violence of Kristallnacht ("Night of the Broken Glass") against Jews across Germany and Austria, the British government authorized the massive transport of Jewish children (kinder) to Britain, via ship and train, to rescue them from the injustice and atrocities inflicted by Hitler and the Nazis. Over the course of nine months between 1938-9, 10,000 Jewish kinder were brought to safety—separating them from their parents and sparing them the horrors of the death camps, where many of their family members were exterminated. The play, written by Diane Samuels, examines the life of one child over a 40-year period, and is based on interviews with many kinder.

The box office is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain times. For more information, contact: (909) 607-4375 or