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Our Class, Cottesloe, National Theatre | reviews, news & interviews

Our Class, Cottesloe, National Theatre

Our Class, Cottesloe, National Theatre

Harmless people become fiends in a factual drama that misses a killer instinct

Nine years ago, historian Jan T Gross published a book called Neighbours. It chronicled, and tried to analyse the reasons for, the massacre of 1,600 Jews in a north-eastern Polish village, Jedwabne, in July 1941. That was a month after Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, into which, in 1939, this bit of Poland had been absorbed by Stalin. The unexamined historical assumption had been that, like so many similar east European communities, Jedwabne simply fell victim to the by then efficiently exercised Nazi lust for Jewish annihilation.
Nine years ago, historian Jan T Gross published a book called Neighbours. It chronicled, and tried to analyse the reasons for, the massacre of 1,600 Jews in a north-eastern Polish village, Jedwabne, in July 1941. That was a month after Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, into which, in 1939, this bit of Poland had been absorbed by Stalin. The unexamined historical assumption had been that, like so many similar east European communities, Jedwabne simply fell victim to the by then efficiently exercised Nazi lust for Jewish annihilation.

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Interesting and thoughtful review. More thoughtful than most of the major critics. I found the play infuriating on many levels, and blogged about it. http://www.jacqueline.saphra.net/Jacqueline_Saphra/Blog/Entries/2009/12/...’s_no_Business_like_Shoah_Business.html

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