Theatre and the Holocaust in Romania: The Journals of Mihail Sebastian
A dramatic reading of Sebastian’s diary followed by a panel discussion
Featuring Dan Istrate as Sebastian
With Radu Ioanid (USHMM), Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Ovidiu Creanga (USHMM) as panelists
Directed and Moderated by Cristina Bejan (WWC)
Romania officially condemned her involvement in the European Holocaust following the Elie Wiesel Commission Report of 2004. A first-person account of the being Jewish in Bucharest under fascist dictatorship is given by playwright and novelist, Mihail Sebastian, in his diary. Adapted for the stage by David Auburn in 2004, Sebastian comes to life in this one-man show based on his journal. The panel discussion following the performance will be an opportunity for the panelists and audience to discuss anti-Semitism, memory, theatre, repression, creativity and Holocaust remembrance and education in the United States and Romania today. This event brings together partners from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Romanian Embassy to the United States.