Kristallnacht refers to the Night of Broken Glass, a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by brownshirts and non-Jewish civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening.
The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of Broken Glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues had their windows smashed. Arthur Miller’s 1994 play is set at the time of Kristallnacht.
Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg are a Jewish married couple living in New York in the last days of November 1938. Phillip works at a Wall Street bank, where he works on foreclosing. Sylvia suddenly becomes partially paralysed from the waist down after reading about the events of Kristallnacht in a newspaper. Is her condition psychosomatic? Dr. Harry Hyman gradually unravels Sylvia’s problems. Miller at his best.
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