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SUGGESTED SCRIPT:These may look like ordinary train wagons, but they actually make up a theatre.From Prague to Poland, the actors belonging to this theatre train have performed at 15 stations in the Czech Republic since July.The final destination? Oswiecim station, other wise known as AuschwitzSOUNDBITE 1 : Pavel Chalupa (man) Director of the Nine Gates Festival of Jewish Culture, (Czech, 11 secs):"The wagons behind me, the first, second and third were used to transport prisoners to concentration camps. The first is an original from that period."Before their final performance, the actors visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum- A first hand experience of the haunting site where more than one million Jews were killed by Nazis during the Second Word War.SOUNDBITE 2 : Zuzana Wirthova (woman) Singer, (Czech, 11 secs):"I hope I'll be able to sing tonight. During the whole tour, I've felt very emotional, so to perform here at Auschwitz, where the holocaust took place, will be very moving.""The Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova" is based on two true stories, And tells the tale of a group of wealthy Americans and a Jewish dancer.During the train ride the Nazis use the promise of freedom to strip the prisoners of their possessions, and pride. SOUNDBITE 3 : Denisa Pfauserova (woman) Actress, (Czech, 13 secs):"At one point in the play I list the names of my sisters. At that moment, I imagined the pictures and portraits of the deportees on display in the Auschwitz Museum. It was an indescribable feeling."The prisoners are finally forced to take off their clothes before entering the gas chamber. One of the Nazis orders Katerina to dance for him, and it's at this point, she seizes his gun and shoots him dead.A dramatic end to a long and emotional journey for the performers and the audience. As for the wagon, it will continue to roam the rails of central Europe entertaining and educating audiences. SHOTLIST :AUSCHWITZ, POLAND, 25 AUGUST 2012. SOURCE: AFPTV-VAR wagons in Oswiecim station-VAR stagehands working on the set-WIDE of station SOUNDBITE 1-VAR of group at Auschwitz BirkenauSOUNDBITE 2-VAR play "Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova"SOUNDBITE 3-Final scene from play-VAR of audience-Actors taking their final bow+EXTRA-RUSHES (3 mins 8 secs):-VAR wagons in Oswiecim station-VAR of group at Auschwitz Birkenau-VAR play "Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova"-VAR of audience-Clean versions of soundbites 1,2 and 3
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