The White Elephant Archive, Setting No 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, one-man production Freudmann uses his family's archive--which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps--to explore his family's silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. Reflecting on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, and larger questions about how to speak of a horror once its witnesses are gone or silent, this production provides a rare and important glimpse into the experience of the third generation living in Europe, and the impact of trauma across generations.
This performance of The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 is made possible by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, Federal Chancellery of Austria and Austrian Cultural Forum New York City.