Memories of a survivor of a concentration camp

by Carl Friedman

with: Gilla Cremer
direction & stage design: Michael Heicks
assistant director: Uschi Mierzowski
Premiere: Thalia in der Kunsthalle Hamburg


Carl Friedman tells the story of a family with three adolescent children for whom World War Two still prevails, because „Father has camp“. This linguistic twist helps the children to understand the inconceivable and to explain to the outside world what Father has „brought home“ from his imprisonment at the concentration camp.“


"A captivating theatre performance…"
"Unsentimentally, disturbedly and disturbingly…"
"It is beautiful, it is horrific ‚ and this would certainly be food for thought for Adorno… "
"A painful job of remembering…




„In her tour de force of acting, Cremer unsentimentally, disturbedly and disturbingly confronts herself with the painful job of remembering.“ (HA)

„Gilla Cremer, who also presented the Buchenwald tyrant Ilse Koch from the perpetrator’s perspective, now just as intensely portrays the victims‘ emotional mechanisms. In her 90-minute solo, by no means a monologue, she finds a way of expressing a whole range of derangements…“ (FAZ)

„The director and actress have managed to stage an important evening against forgetting. Not to mention the brilliant acting that makes this a captivating theatre performance and turns you into a bundle of nerves.“ (HA)

„Gilla Cremer’s girlish acting, mirroring every facet, changes the horror into poetry. It is beautiful, it is horrific ‚ and this would certainly be food for thought for Adorno.“ (BG)

„A small gesture is enough for Gilla Cremer to change from the infant, who does not understand why its father is still suffering although he is no longer imprisoned, into the head of the family who expresses his anger about the suppression he has experienced, accompanied by the sounds of Leonard Cohen’s „Everybody knows“.“ (HC)

„The actress moves in a square confined by neon tubes, which can represent the concentration camp as well as the family’s house. She vividly intertwines the father’s memories with those of the children, changes roles in fluid transitions, appears as the concentration camp tormentor or recalls scenes that take place within the family and among the children.“ (FR)