Arthur Miller, author of the plays The Crucible and Death of a Salesman (currently playing on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre), is one of four Jewish writers scheduled to speak at New York's Museum of Television and Radio on March 3 at 6 PM.
The panel will explore issues involving the Holocaust and the media. With the number of camp survivors dwindling, is it Jewish writers' moral responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive?
Jewish themes have cropped up in such Miller works as Broken Glass and his novel, "Focus," about anti-Semitism. On the panel, Miller is joined by a host of other popular Jewish writers including Jon Blair, author of "Anne Frank Remembered" and "Schindler"; Ernest Kinoy, writer of "Skokie"; Jeffrey Shandler, author of "While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust"; and Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
As the only playwright on the panel, Miller will represent the theatre medium. His two plays, Playing for Time and Broken Glass, are both Holocaust-themed productions that discuss the Nazi genocide and its affect of Jewish heritage.
The panel will discuss the challenge of writing about the Holocaust without trivializing the issue. Also crucial is capturing the voice of the aging survivors. The panel will discuss, too, issues related to the creation of Holocaust-themed programming. Tickets to this panel discussion are $8 for Museum members and $10 for non-members. They may be purchased in the lobby of the Radio and Television Museum at 25 West 52 Street or via Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171.
-- By Becki Heller