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I was honored to perform excerpts of FIBERS at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for their Untold Stories of Jewish Women Celebration.  

FIBERS is a play I wrote inspired by oral histories I conducted with my relatives on my Grandmother’s survival, which I’ll also be giving my 3rd TEDx Talk on next month. 

It always makes me happy to hear laughter in between the moments that are more difficult – because I think that’s the lesson my grandmother wanted us to remember the most from her story of survival through the Holocaust – that you can still celebrate the goodness of the human spirit, even in the worst of times. 

Here’s a small clip:


FIBERS is a contemporary play with music, exploring the relationship between history and memory, and the role of storytelling in preserving a legacy. The solo performance is based on over 300 pages of oral history interviews I’ve conducted and transcribed from relatives spanning three generations and seven countries, chronicling my family’s survival through the Holocaust and journey to America, featuring historical documents, photographs, recordings and art installation.

Who was Hannah Stochel?  Download a study guide, and a guide to FIBERS here.

Here are some pictures from the performance!

“Fibers” is a story burning to be told–my grandmother, Hannah’s, love story set against the backdrop of the Shoah. It is also my own tale of survival at 18, the very same age my grandmother was interned at Auschwitz, intertwined with threads of my family’s lost tale. What does it mean to find a first love, only to lose it too soon?
And how does that kind of loss color a lifetime? How do you stop a trauma cycle that spans generations? War, sickness, loss of family, loss of innocence, derailment of dreams…can the human spirit triumph over such adversity?
“Fibers” is also, at its deepest level, an exploration of memory, constructed from over 400 pages of transcribed oral histories and audio recordings.
My long-term vision for “Fibers” is to see it as part of an ensemble of theatrical works that involve interviews with survivors on a global scale, exploring trauma from all ends of the earth, including various ages, and ethnic backgrounds.

Trauma affects us all…but that can be a good thing, if we use the lessons to create a more compassionate, conscious world!

A video of the entire performance:



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