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LNT partners with Vermont Holocaust Memorial

September 04, 2018



The Stage Production Focuses on Struggles and Successes of One of America’s Best Known Holocaust Survivors: Dr. Ruth K Westheimer.

MONTPELIER, VT (September 3, 2018) – The Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM), a volunteer organization dedicated to educating Vermonters about The Holocaust and its lessons of survival and tolerance, announced today the non-profit has been invited to participate in an educational exhibit in support of the upcoming production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” produced by Lost Nation Theater, a professional company, hailed as “one of the best regional theaters in America” by the NYC Drama League. The one-woman play is being presented at Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street (City Hall), in Montpelier, September 6 through 16.

The play, which has been seen Off Broadway in 2012, stars Lost Nation Theater’s Maura O’Brien, as Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and is directed by Kathleen Keenan. “Filled with the humor, honesty, and the life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the little girl who became "Dr. Ruth," America’s most famous sex therapist,” according to Lost Nation Theater. “Her incredible journey - from fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport, to serving as a sniper in Jerusalem, to struggling to succeed as a single-mother newly arrived in America - is deftly illuminated in this laughter-filled and moving solo show.” The play was written by Mark St. Germain.

“Dr. Ruth’s connection to The Holocaust may not be as well-known as her celebrity, her long-lived radio show and her success at educating and entertaining millions over the years, but it is a critical part of her outlook on the world and, clearly, fueled her joy for life,” said Marcie Scudder and Debora Steinerman, founders of Stowe-based VTHM.

“Our role will be to introduce the audience to the Holocaust survival stories of a few of their Vermont neighbors, and to provide information and resources on how this horrible episode in history can teach us about the absolute need for tolerance, understanding for those not like ourselves, and support for refugees. VTHM appreciates the opportunity to have a voice at this entertaining and valuable production.” The exhibit at Lost Nation Theatre will be available for audience view one hour prior to each performance, as well as after each show.



About Vermont Holocaust Memorial:

The Vermont Holocaust Memorial, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, working to advance Holocaust education throughout the state. VTHM is reaching out to schools, libraries, religious institutions of all faiths, and other venues as the group seeks to teach the lessons of the horrific costs of intolerance, discrimination, and indifference, realized from The Holocaust.  Additional information, including contacts for interested Vermont educators and residents, can be found at