East of Berlin, Hannah Moscovitch



Title: East of Berlin

Author: Hannah Moscovitch

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2010 (first edition 2009)

Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press


Synopsis: Standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot; seven years since he left his family and their history behind him.

As a teenager, Rudi diascovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashed out against his family and his friends, and eventualy fled to Germany.While there, he follows in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine, and falls in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.