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Alan Breindel ’78 Brings Holocaust Stories to the Stage


“Through the Darkness,” a play by Alan Breindel ’78 based on interviews with Holocaust survivors, is receiving its theatrical debut this month at The Workshop Theater in New York City.

The play, based on true stories of survivors, follows the journeys of four men and women who made great sacrifices in attempts to escape the Holocaust. The characters include a German Jew who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1930s and later became a prisoner of war during World War II, a Polish woman who passed as Christian and spent several years on the run, a Polish man who fled to Russia and worked for the Soviets, and a woman who was sent to Auschwitz.

The play takes place in the 1980s, when each character is in middle age and living in the United States.

Breindel has spent most of his career in real estate finance and investment banking. He is an active member in Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, N.J.

“The seed was planted in 1987 when my family moved to our first home,” Breindel tells “My neighbor would occasionally share bits and pieces of how he managed to remain alive and “on the run” during WWII in Europe, all the while avoiding the horrors of the concentration camps.”

“Through the Darkness,” runs from March 9 to April 1 at The Workshop Theater.

Read more about Breindel and “Through the Darkness” here.