Associations mission is to preserve the memory of Max Ehrlich and his artistry, as
well as that of the other members of the Westerbork Theater Group...
be it in their period
of glory or most tragic moments.
The Association also promotes awareness of this
theater genre, its
unrestrained comedy and - ultimately - infinite sadness.
But his brilliant career was brutally
interrupted by the rise of Nazism and his resulting deportation in 1942 to Westerbork
concentration camp in Holland.
Amazingly, there behind the walls and barbed wire, Max Ehrlich formed a theater troupe
composed of fellow prisoners - the majority of them also famous Jewish show business
personalities - and produced high quality musical and comedy revues.
This artistic activity
provided the means for everyone concerned, audience and actors alike, to
retain a small measure of humanity, free their minds - if only
momentarily - from the tragedy of daily life and nourish the illusion of