Israeli play about same-sex love between a Nazi and a Jewish prisoner to be staged in Europe

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Under The Skin by Yonatan Calderon is set in two places and time periods – in Germany during the Holocaust in and in Tel Aviv during the first Gulf War. It is focused on love between SS Camp Guard Anneliese Kohlmann (she existed in real life) and a female concentration camp prisoner. Born in March 1921, Kohlmann became a Nazi party member in 1940, but worked only as a streetcar conductor until late 1944, towards the end of the war, when she joined the SS Women’s Auxiliary. Later she became a guard in a concentration camp for women. at the Neugraben subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp system, before working at Bergen-Belsen. The production of Under the Skin from the Tik-Sho-Ret Theatre Company was first played at the Tel Aviv Gay Centre in 2013. The play is based on Kohlmann Belsen trial protocol and the evidence of Holocaust survivors. Next week it will be staged in the UK.

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