Socialist Worker

The Investigation by Peter Weiss

by John Molyneux
Issue No. 2008

The performance of Peter Weiss’s play at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney, east London, on Thursday of last week was a remarkable event.

Based on the Frankfurt war crimes trial, it showed Auschwitz survivors confronting their persecutors.

Every word was testimony, fashioned by Weiss into a six hour drama then edited to a performable two hours by director Waldemar Maxim.

It conveyed with great power the absolute horror of the Holocaust combined with authentic information on how it operated.

It provided real insight into the psychology of the survivors and perpatrators of history’s worst crime.

The excellent performance was entirely by amateurs­, some from Portsmouth where the play was first shown and some from London.

The full house was rather stunned but warmly appreciative. Hopefully it will soon be put on again.

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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