Robert Skloot's one-act play If The Whole Body Dies tells the story of the life and career of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jew who was responsible for the drafting and ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
With almost no support or recognition, Lemkin's extraordinary achievement (including the coining of the word genocide) has belatedly been acknowledged as a key step in defining the crime that has characterized world affairs for centuries.
Please join us on Thursday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall at IPFW for a reading with the playwright. Skloot's play, both funny and sad, shows Lemkin on the day before his death in 1959 as he reviews his life's work and imagines encounters with a number of historical figures. A "talk-back" between the playwright and the audience will follow the reading.
The program is sponsored by Congregation Achduth Vesholom, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and IPFW's Department of Theatre.