British premiere of 'My Brother’s Gift' comes to Solihull - The Solihull Observer

British premiere of 'My Brother’s Gift' comes to Solihull

Solihull Editorial 21st May, 2023   0

STUDENTS from Solihull School welcomed Eva Schloss MBE for the British Premiere of My Brother’s Gift adapted by Claudia Haas.

The sell-out event, which took place in the school’s Bushell Hall auditorium, saw a powerful performance of My Brother’s Gift, by a cast made up entirely of the school’s students.

Heinz Geiringer, brother of Eva, is the subject of this new play written about the creative talents he cultivated whilst he and his family spent two years hiding apart from the Nazis, before being captured and sent to concentration camps.

The school also had the honour of welcoming fellow Auschwitz survivor, Mindu Hornick MBE; Kindertransport Lia Lesser as well as civic, religious and charity leaders from across the Midlands, and further afield.

Mr Penney, Head of the Prep School who organised the evening, said: “At 93 years old, Eva is one of the world’s most well-known and respected Holocaust education speakers, with a global reach.

“A posthumous stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, she also wants the world to know about her less well-known brother and the treasure trove of creativity he hid before his capture.




“My Brother’s Gift is an excellent vehicle for Holocaust Education, with many parallels to the Frank family’s time in hiding.”

 


Kirsteen Stafford, Head of Drama at Solihull added: “It was an honour and privilege to bring Heinz’s story to life. He was truly a remarkable young man.

” We built our production around sharing his amazing artwork: on the set, covering props, and large-scale images of his paintings.

“We are incredibly proud of the all pupils involved in the production.”

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