Hildegard’s Wander Theater
A multi-media presentation by
JoAnne Brasil

Saturday, February 7, 2:00 p.m.
POSTPONED due to weather
New date will be announced soon
Members, $10; non-members, $15.
Free for students with ID.

Wander Theater is German for traveling theater.

This is the story of the late German-Jewish actress, Hildegard Zander. It is the basis for JoAnne Brasil’s novel of the same name.

Hildegard Zucker was born in 1908 and grew up in a prominent Jewish family in Dresden. Exposed to the arts as a child by her grandmother, Hildegard fell in love with the theater at an early age. At 17, she took the stage name Hildegard Zander and got her first acting job. In the late 1920s and early 1930s she joined a theater company and traveled from town to town in the Rhineland.

In 1938, fleeing the German Third Reich, Hildegard left Dresden and immigrated to the United States with her husband and child.

Under the destructive power of the Third Reich and the massive Allied firestorms of 1945 Dresden was reduced to ruins and ashes. It now stands as a symbol of the horrors of Western barbarism, of genocide, and war.

But this is a survivor’s tale, a tale of loss but also of hope. Whenever possible it is told in Hildegard’s own words. It is a true story of art and love, wandering through time and continuing.