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Reviewed by Randy B. Lichtman for Readers' Favorite
The Last Days of Adam by Tim Dalgleish takes place during the Holocaust, and not only demonstrates the role of Adam Czerniakow as helping the Jewish population of Poland in his role as Chairman of the Judenrat, but effectively follows the terrible decline of Poland and Europe during WWII and the very devastating treatment of Jews during that time. The historical aspects of the ghettos, including the increasing health crisis and eventual deportation, is seen from the view of both the Chairman of the Jewish Community Authority in Warsaw and the continuing propaganda and acts of the Polish Nazi Authority. Historical facts such as the receiving of postcards from those deported to camps that all was well when people were actually on their way to the death chambers, demolition of memorials, false arrests, having Jews do meaningless work (such as a gardener watering plants in the rain and workers simply passing bricks from one to another), and the gradual move toward closing the ghettos and deportation to the camps are well developed in this short play, The Last Days of Adam: The True Story of Adam Czerniakow.
It effectively brings us emotionally to the story which we know will only get worse for Adam and the Jews of Europe. Adam’s character is well developed as well as the characters of the Nazis whom he interacts with throughout the play. Some characters, such as his wife and secretary, could be developed better in a longer play. I found many of the scenes to be more montage in form, and would have been more effective by reducing the number of locations and developing scenes to be longer. Bringing back Mordechai near the end and relating Adam to the “saving one life saves the world” were effective devices.
Overall, I found the play to be extremely well written, allowing us to identify with the world of the Judenrat and the Jews during WWII, and it engages us well in moral questions including the evil which existed during that time in the world of Hitler and his final solution to exterminate all Jews. It introduced us to a man who made a difference and showed the good of man vs. the evil of the Nazis, so we would never forget the difference. It was excellent the way Tim Dalgleish united the historical with the emotional within a short play - very effective.