Throne of Straw

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Throne of Straw (by Harold and Edith Lieberman) is a play, not a work of history. We have made every effort to remain true to the major events and characters of the Lodz ghetto durin the years of the Holocaust. Rumkowski, Greiser and Biebow actually lived. Rabinovitz, the police chief, is a distillation of the men who held that office at various times. Rumkowski’s wife was named Dora, but her character is our own invasion. The other characters in this drama are entriely our creation, based on the interviews we did with Lodz survivors. The choices of action, scene, and time frame were made to serve the stage and not historical scholarship, although there are several exellent books available on the subject of the Lodz ghetto.

The cite only two obvious changes: Biebow did not assume his post until creation of the ghetto; and the gypsies were moved into Balut (the ghetto area of the city) at a later time.

Therefore, we ask your indulgence in viewing this drama as both factual and an act of imagination. Our aim was not to judge – but to reveal – so that you might form your own judgments.
Robert Skloot writes, “Throne is an example of the best in Holocaust drama and any drama.”
Throne of Straw has been performed in: Los Angeles at UCLA’s MacGowan Hall, the Odyssey Theater, and the Los Angeles Actors Theatre; in New York City at the St. Clements; in Cleveland at the Jewish Community Center; at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Hal Lieberman served as Dramatist-in-Residence. France Culture commissioned a translation that was broadcast nationally.
It was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in The Theatre of the Holocaust (1982).
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Released: April 03, 2010
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