About the Show

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

Tony Award winner Daryl Roth and Karyl Lynn Burns present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan.

About the Man

Simon Wiesenthal is born in Buczacz, in what is now part of the Ukraine.

The Nazi regime begins with Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany and concentration camps are opened.

On November 9/10 is Kristallnacht, a massive, coordinated attack on Jews throughout the German Reich.

Wiesenthal and his wife are detained in Janowska and moved to a labor camp serving Ostbahn, which repaired railroads.

 

Nazi begins genocide of the Jews; Wiesenthal makes a deal with the Polish underground to move his wife to Warsaw.

 

The U.S. Army liberates Mauthausen. Wiesenthal begins gathering evidence on Nazi atrocities for the U.S. Army.

Wiesenthal opens the Jewish Historical Documentation Center in Linz, Austria to continue assembling evidence.

 

 

The Linz office closes and Wiesenthal begins pursuing Adolf Eichmann, chief of the Gestapo’s Jewish Department who had supervised the implementation of Jewish genocide.

 

Eichmann is found guilty and executed. Wiesenthal reopens the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.

Wiesenthal locates Karl Silberbauer, the officer who arrested Anne Frank, in Austria.

Sixteen SS officers go on trial in Stuttgart, West Germany for participation in the extermination of Jews in Lvov.

 

Wiesenthal locates Franz Stangl, the commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor concentration camps in Poland, in Brazil.  Wiesenthal also locates Hermine Ryan, who had supervised killings of children at Majdanek, in Queens during a book tour.

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is founded.

Wiesenthal receives the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal from President Carter, the first of multiple decorations from other countries, including an Honorary Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

 

Simon Wiesenthal passes away on September 20, peacefully asleep at home.