In the World War II Jewish ghetto at Terezín (in German, Theresienstadt), a place of great suffering and deprivation, a desperately vibrant cultural life arose. The play The Smoke of Home was written by two Czech Jews in response to their fellow prisoners' endless conversations about their homes and their dreams of returning. These two young authors had the foresight to realize that, even if they survived, postwar life would be radically different. With The Smoke of Home, a historical allegory set during Thirty Years' War, they dared to ask: what if, after the war, nothing will be the same?
Lisa Peschel, editor of Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto