The TNL brings to life the unknown story of the first prison for Nazi leaders, located in Mondorf-les-Bains, in the English play "Codename Ashcan".
It sounds like something straight out of a spy novel. But documentary play Codename Ashcan is based on real events.
This performance tells the story of a handful of interrogators and their prisoners at the Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure No.32, code-named Ashcan, in Mondorf-les-Bains.
From May to August of 1945 this group was in charge of identifying war criminals, among which were Hitler’s second-in-command Hermann Göring.
Written by Ouri Wesoly who worked with film director and producer Willy Perelsztejn, the creation builds on secret documents from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, books and interviews with former US Ambassador John Dolibois and the five last surviving interrogators.
Directed by Anne Simon, the play sheds light on this critical episode in history, showing how detainees never believed they would be brought to justice.
It also reveals the misconceptions the Allies had of the Nazi regime’s workings and awareness of the gravity of crimes committed.
The cast bringing the story to life include first-class actors from Luxembourg and abroad, including Steve Karier, Ulrich Kuhlmann, Marco Lorenzini, Georg Marin, Gintare Parulyte and Daron Yates.
A cinematographic team accompanied the team during the creation process, filming interviews and discussions with the play’s artistic team that will be integrated into the performance.
"Codename Ashcan" is performed at the Théâtre National de Luxembourg from 20-31 May, times vary.