for grown-ups aged 15+
Louise Straus-Ernst's biography is the story of a woman who has left her mark as a journalist and an independent thinker – a deeply personal story of loss, love and camaraderie, freedom and oppression – fear and courage.
Sound recordings, projections and a contrabass playing old Charleston tunes conjure up the past for a moment in the here and now on stage.
Louise Straus was born as the daughter of a Jewish merchant in Cologne in 1893. In 1917, she completed her PhD in art history. At university, she met Max Ernst. Shortly before the end of the war in 1918, she married the world-famous painter. They separated in 1922, and Louise was bringing up their son on her own. She had a successful career as journalist and art critic, until her emigration to Paris in 1933, where she fled from the Nazis. There, too, she held her own as a journalist. After the outbreak of the war she attempted to leave for the USA. However, her visa application was rejected. At the end of April 1944 she was arrested and deported on the second-to-last train to Auschwitz on June 30, 1944.
PREMIERE: November 14th, 2014, HELIOS Theater