Eichmann in Jerusalem

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Zagreb Youth Theatre (CRO)

Director: Jernej Lorenci

Duration: 210’
Language: Croatian


Cast: Katarina Bistrovic Darvas, Dado Cosic, Frano Mashkovic, Mia Melcher, Pjer Menicanin, Rakan Rushaidat, Lucija Serbedzija, Vedran Zivolic

Dramaturge: Matic Starina
Stage designer:
Branko Hojnik
Costume designer:
Belinda Radulovic
Gregor Lustek
Branko Rozman
Assistant directors:
Aleksandar Svabic, Rajna Racz and Tim Hrvacanin
Costume design assistants:
Bernarda Popelar Lesjak and Marta Zegura
Stage manager:
Stella Svacov Miletic

„Eichmann in Jerusalem“, directed by the Slovene Jernej Lorenci who clearly understands the need to address the issue of banality of evil and its presence in every man, comes at a moment when practically whole Europe questions its anti-fascist roots.

When Hannah Arendt reported from the trial to the war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961, she observed the bureaucratic mindset of Eichmann, Arendt soon abandoned the premise of the deep and radical nature of evil to come to see it as banal, shallow, and therefore plain to see but hard to understand exactly because of its plainness. Every attempt at reconstruction requires a context that would shed light on the issue at hand. Otherwise, every evil and every good deed would be equally banal and plain. Only when we are ready to recognise other people’s fears we can confront the worst of them – our own. By looking into the pieces of such a devastating historical event, this show investigates personal sorrows, fears, and truths far away from any assumed banality.

Another dazzling performance from the Croatian scene. And another that deals with a controversial topic. At the right moment, when the whole of Europe is talking about fascism … Fascism in our societies.

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