The blog entitled A Ball for Genia is dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance. The medium of remembrance is a three-act play titled A Ball for Genia. The blog address is www.aballforgenia.blogspot.com. A Ball for Genia Facebook page supports the blog. You are welcome to send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Time Has Come
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."
To evoke Lewis Carroll
the Looking Glass, “The time has come to talk of many things,” but not
about whether pigs have wings, but rather to talk of the end of the play ABall for Genia, and a little about
the play and who created it.The
playwright is Ralph E. Clarke, an all-around writer of more than sixty years,
mostly about business affairs, including even patent applications. He confesses
not to have written the play:“It came and wrote itself—a clear case of automaticwriting. I did not know these people, nor had ever had heard
suchnames as Dolek and Itzhak and Wachter. They came and spoke and left and
never roused themselves again except for an occasional plaint of ‘why don’t you
get this thing out into the world.’
And so this thing
came out into the world the form of a
weblog, known more popularly as a “blog.”Whether it will ever play on a full stage is a question, although parts
ofit has been performed in staged
readings.The whole thing could not have
been accomplished without the help of two of my daughters, both writers of
great promise, who will speak for themselves.
But to bring the
play in to the world was an unforgettableexperience for the memories it evoked.To bring it about, it was necessary to look again intothe faces of the victims pictured before their
last agony—the Jewish man with the eyeglasses about to be shot in the head to
fall into a ditch with the other victims…the little girl faced witha death she did not understand, and the plea
on her face let me live…the mother
with her children who was about to face an end in a gas chamber of unfathomable
horror—these can never be forgotten. Their pleas come down through the years—“Don’t
forget. Don’t forget us…don’t ever forget”—all
multiplied six million times.
As to the other
Dr. Alison Clarke
(PhD, English Language and Literature, King’s College London) lives in the UK
with her actor husband, and cat.She has
lived in London since 1989.She says:“I remember the first time I read my father’s
play.I was amazed and moved and so
impressed, but I wondered – why?How?
We’re not Jewish, and much as we have sympathy for what the Jewish people have
suffered over centuries, and a real and true horror of the Holocaust, I didn’t understand
where this might have come from.Now I
know.And I am even more impressed by
his writing – or he would call it his ‘translating’ - ability.It has been a true joy to work on this blog
with him.”Alison had the privilege, if
it can be called so, of visiting Auschwitz, an experience she will never
Stumpf writes for the Examiner as Chicago Community Life Examiner.Christine formerly wrote
for New West Magazine and is now widely-read on Facebook, most notably for her
accounts of the Chicago scene. Living in the heart of downtown, her finger is
on the pulse of what's happening, and she is often at the hot spots. Believing
that fun is vital, Christine likes to share it! Some readers say they live vicariously through
her; others consult her to help plan their trips to Chicago. Again, she is amazed by her father's writings and feels privileged to have contributed to this blog.
We are not going away. We feel this so importantly, that we will continue to update you with information about Holocaust Remembrance, and we wish to be a voice against the deniers. Yes, there are some. But we will never stop promoting and respecting the memory of all who died.
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