The Soap Myth

A Holocaust ‘Myth’ That Can’t Be Washed Away

‘The Soap Myth’ pits a survivor’s memory against the historical record.

03/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the most horrifying stories to come out of the Holocaust is the one about the Nazis turning Jews into bars of soap. But is it true? In Jeff Cohen’s new play, “The Soap Myth,” which is now in previews Off Broadway, a Holocaust survivor pits his eyewitness version of the truth against historians and museum curators who insist on documentary evidence. The play asks searching questions about how the Holocaust should be remembered and understood in an age in which survivors are dying out and Holocaust deniers spew their own hateful views.

Greg Mullavey plays Milton Saltzman, a Holocaust survivor on a crusade in Jeff Cohen’s “The Soap Myth.”
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