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, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.