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 Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation. 1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.