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October 28, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Dear Esther at Kean University

UNION, N.J. ––The Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) at Kean University will present two performances of Dear Esther, a play based on the real-life experiences of Holocaust survivor Esther Raab, on Tuesday, November 30, at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. in Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, NJ.

As a young woman from Chelm, Poland, Raab was sent to the Sobibor Death Camp in December 1942, and participated in the October 1943, uprising and escape. While more than 300 Jews fled, Esther was one of only 46 who survived at the end of the war. She came to the United States in 1950 and in 1951 moved to Vineland, N.J., where she presently lives. Having shared her experiences by speaking at innumerable classes and conferences, Raab has also been interviewed by the BBC and National Public Radio, and has appeared on the History Channel and in a video at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dear Esther is based on the thousands of letters Raab received from students over the years and was premiered at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997. Written by Richard Rashke, author of Escape from Sobibor and The Killing of Karen Silkwood, the play continues to be performed for audiences across the country.

The presentations of Dear Esther are sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Foundation. Admission is free. However, space is limited and tickets are granted by reservation only. For more information or to make a reservation, call the HRC at (908) 737-4660.