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, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.