School Show

Five Pieces of Paper: A Show for Student Audiences

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Two thirds of millennials surveyed in a 2018 poll could not identify what Auschwitz is and twenty-two percent said they have not heard of the Holocaust or were not sure whether they had heard of it.

It is perhaps no wonder that the country is radicalizing and that hatred for immigrants and minority groups is on the rise. Nor is it surprising that youth are being recruited to join white nationalist and Nazi and neo-Nazi groups.

Despite the lack of historical knowledge about the Holocaust, the same survey found an overwhelmingly large desire for Holocaust education—ninety-three percent of respondents said that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school. Fifty-eight percent said they believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.

Five Pieces of Paper, a one-man show by actor, storyteller, singer, baker, and comedic performer, Moti Buchboot, helps remedy the dearth of Holocaust education while also engaging students in a discourse about present-day biases and stereotypes. Using his grandmother’s life story—starting in a small shtetl in eastern Hungary where she was born to the Jewish ghetto in Budapest, then to Auschwitz, Bergen-Belzen, and finally to a small town in the Israeli desert—Moti unpacks the complexities of her experience to take a larger look at both historical and modern intolerance and bigotry.

Moti has created a thought-provoking, engaging stage show for student audiences. From acting, storytelling, and singing in Yiddish to puppeteering, clowning, and physically baking a cake on stage, Moti combines an unlikely array of talents to create a forum in which students can learn about the horrors of the past and, through the lens of history, create a dialogue about the present.

Five Pieces of Paper, is specifically-tailored to different age groups (ages 13-14, ages 15-16, and ages 17+) and integrates age-appropriate discussions. Suggested lesson plans are provided for each age group.


Study conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany as reported in the Washington Post, April 12, 2018