The Star on My Heart Tells a Survivor’s Story

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The Star on My Heart is a true story about Holocaust survivor and I Am a Star author Dr. Inge Auerbacher. It follows Inge’s story before the war in Germany, during her time in the Terezin concentration camp in Prague, and her recovery and struggle with tuberculosis in America after the war.

Inge Auerbacher and Angela Miloro-Hansen

The Holocaust is not just history. Genocide and racism are alive today. Survivors of the Holocaust will soon be lost, and the time to tell their stories is disappearing. One survivor, Inge Auerbacher, worked with local director/writer Angela Miloro-Hansen, to turn her memoirs of time spent in the Terezin concentration camp into a stage play. The Star on My Heart premiered four years ago, and has since been performed in several locations in north-east Ohio, and the Midwest, including a production off-off Broadway in NYC.

This fall, with a revised script and her new production company, Curtain 440, Miloro-Hansen is again presenting this heartfelt story of Dr. Auerbacher’s life. With a traveling company, performances will be presented at Theater 8:15 in Green, Lake Erie College, Celebration Lutheran in Chardon, and Berkshire High School in Burton. Inge will be present for the first weekend of performances. “Thank you from my heart for sharing the story of my life. I feel so honored.” Auerbacher travels all over the world telling her story, and was a speaker earlier this year at the Annual Holocaust Memorial at The United Nations.

“My hope, wish, and prayer, is for every child to live in peace without hunger and prejudice. The antidote to hatred is education, no more genocides, no more anti-Semitism.”

Out of 15.000 children to pass through the Terezin concentration camp, Inge is one of about one hundred children who survived the war. To help illustrate what is almost an incomprehensible concept, the set will incorporate 15,000 paper hearts cut out by the cast, with 100 Jewish stars representing the child survivors. The Terezin camp was a “model” camp, housing many artists, musicians, teachers, war heroes and their families, used to showcase the idea that The Nazis were treating the detainees well, when in reality they were subjected to starvation, cruelty and death.

Curtain 440 is proud to tell Inge Auerbacher’s story, and to be part of the education that accompanies the process, for cast and audience. The venues for the shows are: Theatre 8:15 in Green; November 8th – 9th, Lake Erie College in Painesville, November 15th – 16th; Celebration Lutheran in Chardon, November 22nd – 23rd; and Berkshire High School in Burton, December 6th – 7th. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 students/seniors, $15 adults, and can be purchased in advance at http://www.curtain440.com/Tickets, or at the door.

Curtain 440 is a new production company owned by Angela Miloro-Hansen, dedicated to inspire, challenge, educate and entertain. At the present time, it is a traveling company, bringing shows to new venues. Classes are also offered, as well as school programs. For questions, please contact [email protected], or visit http://www.curtain440.com.

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