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Baruch Performing Arts College Presents: Refuge

55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
United States


Click here to purchase tickets. Please ensure you select the May 1st date if you wish to see the post-show discussion pannel.

About the Play

A deathbed confession launches a young Jewish woman on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family’s escape and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge. 

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo for this world-premiere play based on real events. During World War II, thousands of Jewish refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of them practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to internment camps from Albania and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. Refuge will shine light on this little-known history, with the current backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe and our own nation’s attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants.


Post-Show Talkback: Refuge in Context: Activism, Education, and #Resistance

A post-show discussion on combating hate in the modern day, with a focus on refugee protection and advocacy. The panel discussion will feature:

  • Anne Frank Center Education Director Maureen McNeil
  • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Executive Board Member and activist Rafael Shimunov
  • HIAS' Grassroots Campaigns Officer, Janna Diamond.



Janna Diamond
Grassroots Campaigns Officer at HIAS