“Synchronization at Birkenwald – a Metaphysical Conference”
To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day 5780 (2020), Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem in conjunction with the Franz Rosenzweig Institute invite you to a virtual reading of
Synchronization at Birkenwald – a Metaphysical Conference
by Viktor Frankl
One of the first plays about the Holocaust written in German after the Holocaust
Victor Frankl (1905-1997) wrote Synchronization at Birkenwald a few months after completing his best-selling work Man’s Search for Meaning. The neurologist and psychiatrist, and founder of logotherapy and the existentialist analytical method, wrote his only play in Vienna, on a rainy day in October 1946 in nine hours, “over half a dozen cups of black coffee.” He wrote the play to help him deal with what he experienced in four concentration and extermination camps between September 1942 and April 1945.
The play was translated by Prof. David Gutmann and Dr. Jan Kühne
and adapted and directed by Prof. Shimon Levy