Parisian Holocaust Play


Les Fantômes de la Rue Papillon/The Ghosts of the Rue Papillon

Review by Jane Rosenstein

Michel Jonasz, a famous French singer and Eddy Monoit star in this very moving play with special participation by Judith Magre about the Holocaust, writen and directed by Dominique Coubes  which is playing in Paris at Théâtre du Gymnase Marie-Bell until April 1, 2018 ,after which it goes on tour.

Wearing a yellow star of David on his jacket, Michel Jonasz, called Joseph, who died in1942  was sitting on a bench on Rue Papillon for over 70 years waiting for someone to bring him news of his wife and two children without knowing if that they were  taken by the Nazis in Paris and of one daughter who escaped. Aissa played by Eddy Monoit  a young up and coming  comedian is a young French Arab who was  killed by a control of the police when they thought his mobile telephone that he dropped might contain a bomb. He arrived on Rue Papillon  and met the old man who said he was over 113 years old. The old man tells him that they are both ghosts and can not be seen by anyone.

He sends Aissa  to go to the street where he lived and see what happened to his family. The audience laughed when God was portrayed as a light and thunder  on the right side of the stage.

Aissa goes to Monoprix, a French supermarket and borrows an Ipad to do the research of the family.He brings it back to Joseph and tells him what an IPad is.

Both the old man and Aissa have to understand why  the Jewish people and others  were targeted. We hear the word “racism” mentioned towards the Jewish people.

Aissa wants to know why the police brutally killed him just because he dropped his telephone.

The actors related well with the audience

The play shows how the human race can destroy a culture and leads us to reflect how innocent people are being killed today.

Visual effects include films of Nazi terrorism.  .

Erez Lévy, Momar Ndiaye and I enjoyed this film and also attended the discussion following the film moderated by

Pierre DASSAS, Président of  European Leadership Network and the House of the Rising Stars Foundation

and as participants

Docteur Ghaleb BENCHEIKH  broadcaster of a radio program about Islamic culture

Father Patrick DESBOIS   a famous Catholic priest who has a mission to retrieve and preserve spots of the mass murders of Jews in Ukraine

Raphaël ENTHOVEN, philosopher

Haïm KORSIA,  le Grand Rabbin de France

Manuel VALLS, former Premier Ministre

The Grand Rabbin de France said that diverse cultures make the world interesting.

The panel discussed the present status of inter religious relations and issues in France.

This moving play, with humorous expressions, is worthwhile for French speakers to see, especially those curious to connect to present French social and identity issues.

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  1. My personal experience is that a family of academics went to the South of France and became Catholics for the duration. Now they are back happily ensconsed in the eventh Arrondisement. The ten tons of Gestapo documents that Klaus Barbie’s lawyer wanted released from the basement of the Gendamerie in Lyon apparently showed the degree of collaberation with the Germns and the wilingness of the established Jews to inform on those from the East. Now a Catholic Priest has been tasked with finding evidence of “The Holocaust” and is sensibly looking near the Eastern Polish border near Treblinka, where the actual Jewish genocide did occur.

  2. Break a leg.
    VT is called “anti-semite” and yet, we read this wonderful play plug.
    Is the Rue Papilion the street of the darling little dog, the butterfly, or an homage to the move “Papiliion” where the penal colony of French Guiana was located on Île du Diable ? Devil’s Island seems to have been the French version of Gitmo. Viva La France!
    Maybe if the French military leaders of the day didn’t broker their own deal – Vichy government? I hear Vichyssoise is best served cold. France seems to love their tiny little protectorates. <————- is that a pistol? Is that image in the film? How no one did a thing but stand in line, like they're waiting for the Black Friday sale at Walmart?
    Can the writers do a sequel? The Vietnam version. . . The Plot: France goes in to Vietnam for that nation's oil reserves, screws it up, then has the U.S. get a whiff of the aroma of oil, blended with the war profits. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Sends in U.S. military, hires an AshkeNAZI Jew, who turns out to be a MOLE in the U.S. government, Henry KissMyAssigner to promote "peace" and string that war out for over a decade. The Father and Grandfather of my Vietnamese nail lady are also sitting on a bench (keep that prop!) waiting to meet up with their families.

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