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No Way Out Reader’s Theater Additional Information

  • The entire collection of letters numbers over 500, many multiple pages long. In the script there are only segments of about 50 letters used to tell the story.
  • Letters took many weeks to reach their destination. Many were lost.
  • Censorship of mail by the Nazis was instituted already in 1933 (see law of February 1933) and provided opportunities for the Nazis to monitor what was being written in and out of Germany. Letters also gave the world an illusion of normality.
  • The following questions are important to raise in a discussion of No Way Out:
    • Why were the Jews singled out?
    • What could Jews do and where could they go?
    • How did Jews make the decision to leave their homeland?
    • Who helped the Jews? Who might have helped Gerda, Heinz and Denny?
    • What did ordinary Germans know? When did they know?

Teachers are encouraged to involve all students in the production by letting those not reading take responsibility for sets, props, background information etc. For a more extensive unit, the five-day curriculum, No Way Out: Letters and Lessons of the Holocaust, is available.

Outside Resources/Extended Learning/Nazi Germany and the Jews

Grades 7 and up:

[one_half]No Way Out: Letters & Lessons of the Holocaust
Journey to America
The Lost Children of Berlin
Camera of my Family
Heil Hitler: Confessions of a Hitler Youth
The Shrinking Circle: Memories of Nazi Berlin
Drowning: Growing up in the Third Reich
A Frost in the Night

Advanced Students/Teachers
Nazi Germany & the Jews
Address Unknown
Between Dignity and Despair
The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews
Stones from the River
Survivors of the Holocaust
Crisis, Conscience & Choices
The Oppermanns
[/one_half] [one_half last]Curriculum: Susan Prinz Shear
Fiction based on true story: Sonia Levitin
Fiction: Hans Peter Richter
Video: Yad Vashem School for Holocaust Studies
Video: Shoah Visual History Foundation
Video: Catherine Hanf Noren
Video: Alfons Heck
First Hand Account: Marion Freyer Wolff
First Hand Account: Gerhard Durlacher
Fiction based on Account: Edith Baer

Non-Fiction: Saul Friedlander
Fiction: Kressman Taylor
Non-Fiction: Marion A. Kaplan
Non-Fiction: Edited by Jorg Wollenberg
Fiction: Ursula Hegi
Video: Shoah Foundation
Curriculum: Brown University
Fiction: Lion Feuchtwanger