The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

Sunday 20th January 2013

THE SECRET LISTENERS is a  Heritage Lottery Fund project based on the German and Austrian Jewish refugees who worked as Secret Listeners for the government during World War Two.

In July 2012, we focused on Trent Park where German prisoners of war were bugged.

Our site-specific performance honoured the listeners and revealed evidence of the conversations that were recorded. This was rehearsed and performed with volunteers who were mentored by theatre and arts professionals as this is a learning project. We are also continuing to interview refugees as part of our outreach.

On January 20th 2013, young people from Edgware District Reform Synagogue presented a short performance inspired by those texts. This was followed by a film of the work done at Trent Park and a panel discussion about the project with guests including Fritz Lustig, who worked as a Secret Listener during the war, Thomas Kampe, director of the installation, Mark Norfolk, film-maker, Jonathan Meth, educational team leader, Lesley Lightfoot from Trent Park/Middlesex University and Julia Pascal, producer. After this there was a Question and Answer time for the audience.

Read a review of the project by the pupils from EDRS >