TWO MEN COMPARE FIERCELY DIFFERENT RECKONINGS OF THE EXODUS OF 7,500 JEWS FROM DENMARK IN THIS GRIPPING PLAY
Shalom and Moira Blumenthal Productions present
Rosenbaum’s Rescue By A. Bodin Saphir
The high-ranking Nazi official looked at himself in the mirror and smiled, as he stood inside the tiny tailor’s shop in the red-light district of Copenhagen.
It was autumn 1943, and he was pleased with the bespoke suit made for him by a young Jewish tailor. At other times, a satisfied customer might have offered a tip, but in this case it may have been a tip-off – and one that more than likely saved the lives of just over 7,000 Danes.
At the heart of A. Bodin Saphir’s fascinating play lies a historical fact: in 1943, 7,500 Danish Jews escaped by boat from their Nazi-occupied native country to Sweden. To this day there are debates about how this mass exodus was possible. Was this a miracle and a testament to the inherent decency of the Danish character? Or did something else happen?
“… enthralling drama of politics and race, faith and facts’
– London Financial Times Review