Gideon Sa'ar Apologizes for Students Who Cheered Nazis at 'Ghetto' Play

Education Minister condemns disturbance during performance on eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar apologized on Monday to the Cameri Theater for the disturbance caused by high school students during the performance of the play "Ghetto" on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Dozens of students applauded and cheered the Nazis and shouted encouragement at a Kapo beating another Jew in the play.

2048x1536 - A scene from the Cameri Theater's 'Ghetto.'
Courtesy of the Cameri Theater

"You have shamed the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust," actor Oded Leopold said at the end of the play.

Sa'ar wrote to theater director Noam Semel that the students' conduct was "a disgrace that sears the heart."

The play "Ghetto," written by Joshua Sobol, describes the final days of the theater that operated in the Vilna Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania.