Part of the LIVE EDITION Eductional Program
A stage adaptation of the book, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Adapted by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, the play explores the true story of a young Jewish girl who kept a diary of her time hiding from the Nazis in an attic of her father’s office during World War II.
Live Edition is Patchogue Theatre’s brand new flagship educational program that invites schools from across Long Island to see live productions of material studied in schools along with informative talkbacks. Our goal for this program is to offer unique and enriching educational experiences for students across grade levels as well as subject areas. The production will be presented to schools on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 12, 13, & 14 at 10am.
Guest Speaker, Werner Reich
Werner and his family were residents of Berlin, Germany when the Nazis came to power in 1933. His father, an electrical and mechanical engineer lost his job thereafter, prompting the family to move to Zagreb, Yugoslavia. His father died in 1940 and in 1941, the Nazis occupied Yugoslavia. Werner’s mother placed him in hiding with several families. The last one worked for the resistance movement and Werner helped them in this work. In 1943 he was arrested by the Gestapo, beaten up and jailed for 7 weeks and then sent to Theresienstadt and then Auschwitz II where he went through, in one day, three selections by Dr. Mengele. He was one of 89 who were chosen out of 60000 – the others did not survive. He was then sent to Auschwitz I. In January 1945, after a 7 day death march, he ended in Mauthausen, Austria. After liberation in May 1945, he returned to Yugoslavia and after two years he escaped to England where he worked as a laborer and later became a tool and die maker. In 1955 he married a girl who had been saved by Sir Nicholas Winton. They immigrated to the USA where he eventually became an engineer. He has two sons and four grandchildren. Werner is a frequent speaker and founding member of the LI Multi-faith Forum.