A free play about a local Holocaust survivor will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Seton Junior High Drama Department in Moline.
"I Wanted to Live," by retired judge and playwright John Donald O'Shea, of Moline, will be presented in Sacred Heart Parish's Culemans Hall Gym, 14th Street and 16th Avenue, Moline. It is the true story of a 10-year old Jewish girl, Esther Flaiszman, from the small town of Sochaczew, Poland, who managed to survive starvation and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto and escape transport to the Nazi extermination camp at Treblinka.
Esther Flaiszman Avruch and her husband moved to the Quad-Cities in 1952; she lived in Rock Island until shortly before her death on March 7, 2010, at age 80. One of 10 children, she and one of her sisters were the only members of her family to survive the Warsaw Ghetto and the Holocaust.
The play, directed by the author, is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.