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Yom Hashoah Program at JCC—Wiesenthal Book Talk


Wiesenthal, written by and starring noted actor/playwright Tom Dugan tells the remarkable true story of Nazi Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal.

Join the community on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at the Weinstein JCC for a special presentation with Tom Dugan.

In commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dugan will discuss and share excerpts of his award-winning, critically acclaimed off-Broadway play.

Filled with hope, humanity, and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal, sometimes referred to as ‘the Jewish James Bond.’

Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler’s S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice.

Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan’s play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.

Wiesenthal’s dedication to justice can be remembered through this thoughtful, serious yet entertaining play.

Dugan, who was raised Irish Catholic, was inspired to write Wiesenthal by his father, a war veteran and liberator who received the Bronze Battle Star and a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.

Dubbed by critics “A National Treasure,” for the past 20 years, Tom Dugan’s one-man plays have thrilled audiences from Beverly Hills, to 42nd street, and have been the subject of many PBS programs throughout North America.

His play Wiesenthal, (Produced by Daryl Roth) honored with multiple awards and nominations (N.Y. Drama Desk, N.Y. Outer Critics Circle, L.A. Ovation, L.A. Drama Critics Circle), has enjoyed productions in Israel, India, Australia, Italy, and Mexico.

A feature film of Wiesenthal,  produced by Dan Kaplow is now in the works.

This program is supported by the Henry and Gertrude Kupfer Holocaust Education Fund of Richmond Jewish Foundation and co-hosted by the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Limited copies of the book are available for purchase at weinsteinjcc.org, and book signing will follow the presentation.