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More about Holocaust Remembrance talk-back panelist Dr. Wolfgang Vogel


In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Month, Lab Theater schedules a play and community talk-back each April that focuses on themes related to the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and discrimination based on religion and ethnicity. This year, The Lab will welcome concentration camp liberator Dr. Robert Hilliard, Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel spiritual leader Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, childhood Holocaust survivor Cesare Frustaci and former Hitler Youth member Dr. Wolfgang Vogel for a special Holocaust Remembrance discussion following the April 19th performance of Visiting Mr. Green.

Dr. Wolfgang Vogel was born in 1930 in Dresden, Germany. He grew up during the Third Reich and WWII. After the Dresden firebombing that claimed the lives of some of his friends in 1945, Dr. Vogel was drafted into the paramilitary. A captain told the boys to go home before they ever experienced military action, likely saving their lives. While Dr. Vogel is now a retired pharmacology professor, he was, as a child, a member of the Hitler Youth. Parents such as his were left with little option but to put their children in the Hitler Youth program or risk danger to their families. He has spoken and conducted interviews with the hopes of helping people understand the dangers of propaganda and the need for education and understanding to not repeat history.

Starring local favorite Michael Hennessey and Brandon Somers, Visiting Mr. Green starts at 8:00 p.m. The Holocaust Remembrance discussion immediately follows the performance. For more on the panelists, other Holocaust articles and the production, please follow the links provided below.

April 13, 2018.


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