Through the eyes of the children

Raisins and Almonds tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of children in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe. The title comes from an old Yiddish lullabye.

Feb 24, 2007 04:30 AM
Stuart Laidlaw
Faith and Ethics Reporter

One of the most powerful elements of a dramatic production may be not what the actors or director have brought to the performance, but what the audience brings – and that is especially true with a touring children’s show about the Holocaust that comes to Toronto this week.

“They come with their own stories of genocide,” says Susan Jackson of the UJA Federation of Toronto, who was instrumental in bringing No More Raisins, No More Almonds to town Tuesday and Wednesday. The play, written by Holocaust survivor and teacher Batia Bettman, tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of children in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe, using powerful dialogue and songs that originated in the ghettos themselves. The title comes from an old Yiddish lullaby
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