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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.