Judgment at Nuremburg Joey Levy

The Spatial Experience

Personally, I feel as if the theatre used in this performance was not the best setting for the play. When I entered the building, I was simply surprised at the size of the theater and the number of seats. I honestly was not expecting such a large venue for the type of play that "The Judgment at Nuremburg" is. For a performance that is very audio-focused, the large stage seemed unnecessary. Unfortunately, I was sitting very high up in the seats, and that definitely made me enjoy the performance slightly less. I was excited when the lights dimmed and the play was about to start, as this play interested me as a member of the Jewish faith. However, as the performance moved on, I became very unhappy with my seating due to the size of the venue. The set was very small in the first place, and being very high up almost took out all visual details during the performance.

The Social Experience

I attended the performance with only my roommate, as I didn't want to go in a large group. For live performances, I try to take out as many distractions as I can around me. So naturally, I did not attend with a large group of friends. To prepare for the watching experience while I was waiting, I looked up information about the play, just to make sure I would understand it completely. I prefer the audience at a performance to be quiet, but unfortunately many groups of people were chatting around me. I do agree that it is necessary to have shared experiences in life, but those shared experiences shouldn't lessen the experiences of those around them. Of course, the value of a shared experience in this case is that one can discuss their thoughts and feelings with someone who will understand and also form an opinion. If someone did everything alone, the value of those solitary experiences would be diminished in some ways.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

To me, "The Judgment at Nuremburg" serves as a cautionary tale. The men who participated in the Nazi movement did so because they thought it would better their country. This performance gives a sort of view that shows these men as human beings, not as faceless monsters. Obviously, these men were in the wrong and they participated in horrific events. However, this work shows some of why they did so. In Germany during this time, the country was in danger. It was heading downhill, and the people felt the need for change. The combination of fear and love for their country being promoted by a new leader led to the country of Germany into one of the worst events in history. When looking back on the Holocaust, you have to wonder how it was even remotely possible. The significance of this play is that it gives a look into how it happened, and why. There have been countless countries/kingdoms/groups throughout history that have panicked in what seems like the end only to make radical decisions that hurt certain groups of people. When thinking about how many times something like this has happened, it is frightening that we as human beings still don't listen to the history books. I have a personal connection to this performance, as my great grandparents had to leave Europe to escape the Holocaust.

The Emotional Experience

I believe that "The Judgment at Nuremburg" provides an opportunity for Katharsis in that it makes us as Americans think "Is it possible for something like this to happen here?" When you see the characters in the performance, you can tell that what they wanted was to make Germany great again. The original goal was not to slaughter millions of human beings, but bad enough conditions and a crazy enough leader, it happened. These men were convinced that their terrible acts would make the country they love a better place for themselves, their families, their friends, etc. Thus, I think the audience has to look at our own country and genuinely think what kind of people we have living here, and what leader we have chosen. No one ever wants to think that a Nazi-like movement could ever happen in the U.S.A, but this play makes the thought at least come to mind.

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