Berlin Before and During the Holocaust
Using historical photographs, this presentation will describe daily life in Berlin, and the dramatic historic events that took place in Germany during the years leading up to and during the Holocaust. Berlin in these years provides the setting for the opera The Sparks Fly Upward, which was written by Mansfield, and will make its Cleveland premiere on June 9-12, 2021 at The Maltz Performing Arts Center. The Sparks Fly Upward follows three German families in Berlin, two Jewish and one Christian, through the Holocaust, beginning in the autumn of 1938 with the events building up to Kristallnacht and ending with the liberation of Berlin in May 1945.
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