Theatre and the Holocaust in Romania: The Journals of Mihail Sebastian
A dramatic reading of Sebastian’s diary followed by a panel discussion
Featuring acclaimed actor Dan Istrate as Sebastian
With Dr. Radu Ioanid (historian), Dr. Dennis Deletant (historian, Georgetown University) and
Dr. Ovidiu Creanga (religion scholar) as panelists
Directed and Moderated by Dr. Cristina Bejan (WWC)
Romania officially condemned its involvement in the European Holocaust following the Report of the International Commission on Holocaust in Romanian chaired by Elie Wiesel in 2004. A first-person account of being Jewish in Bucharest under fascist dictatorship is given by the 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. "Theatre and the Holocaust in Romania" will take place in the Woodrow Wilson Center auditorium (6th floor) on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 4-6 pm. Admission is free.