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Bunter Abend (Colorful Evening), July 1943

The Westerbork Theater Group's first production,  "Bunter Abend" (Colorful Evening), is staged in July and August 1943.

Max Ehrlich is the director, but also plays a speaking role.

Essentially, the program consists of scenes taken from the repertoires of each of the individual performers.

However, one new song in particular becomes the first   Westerbork hit tune: "Hachscharah Song" (Hachscharahlied), about the girls in the Zionist workgroup by the same name in Westerbork.

The show is a big success and as a result the Theater Group gets permission to recruit further members...  thereby saving a few more people from transport to the extermination camps in the East.

The program lists 10 scenes:    

1. Josef Baar Chats and Rhymes  
Josef Baar plaudert und reimt

2. Camilla Spira in her Repertoire
Camilla Spira in ihrem Repertoire

3. Max Ehrlich in his Scene "Theater Visit"
Max Ehrlich in seiner Szene "Theaterbesuch"

4. Willy Rosen ("...the Words and the Music are by Me...")
Willy Rosen ("...der Text und die Musik sind von mir...")

5. Chaja Goldstein in her Repertoire
Chaja Goldstein in ihrem Repertoire

6. CHECKMATE (Sketch) (Max Ehrlich, Camilla Spira, Josef Baar)
SCHACHMATT (Sketch) (Max Ehrlich, Camilla Spira, Josef Baar)

7. THE MAN WITHOUT A NAME (Sketch) (Max Ehrlich, Josef Baar)
DER MANN OHNE NAMEN(Sketch) (Max Ehrlich, Josef Baar)

8. Willy Rosen - Erich Ziegler at 2 Pianos
Willy Rosen - Erich Ziegler an 2 Klavieren

9. Camilla Spira: Songs
Camilla Spira: Chansons

10. ON THE RACE TRACK (The Newcomer: Max Ehrlich, the Expert: Josef Baar)
AUF DER RENNBAHN (Der Neuling: Max Ehrlich, der Fachmann: Josef Baar)

The performers named in the
program are:

- Chaja Goldstein
- Camilla Spira
- Josef Baar
- Max Ehrlich
- Willy Rosen
- Erich Ziegler

Also named:

- Eugen Frankenstein,
- Richard Türkel, .






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