Did the Nazis make soap from the bodies of murdered Jews?

That thought creates the central question that Baltimore native, Jeff Cohen’s play, The Soap Myth presents: Is denying the highly probable truth of an old evil justified in order to deflect a newer evil?


The Soap Myth is the story of the friendship that develops between a young journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust survivor on a crusade to have the Nazi atrocity of “soap” included in Holocaust Memorial museums. Along the way, the young journalist encounters a pernicious and charismatic Holocaust denier. The play addresses provocative questions such as: How does a survivor survive surviving? Who has the right to write history?

Performed as a dramatic play reading a cast of four, including the legendary Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh, examines the conflict between those who would honor the memory of the Holocaust and those who would deny it.

The reviews are strong, if a bit restrained by the depth of the topic.

A pointed investigation of the politics of history. A revelation. Genuinely moving.
The New York Times

Mesmerizing.  Forceful.  Powerful.
—The New York Post

Compelling, important and provocative.
—American Public Television/PBS

It is an intense evening – in 85 minutes, The Soap Myth manages to deal with complicated concepts — the definition of history and truth; degrees of human depravity and duplicity; and insidious Holocaust denial. At the same time, it captures the humanity of its characters, and delivers perfect archetypes.
—The Jewish Standard

The Soap Myth continues to haunt me, it is theatre of witness at its best. The Soap Myth is not to be missed.
—Jewish Voice

There are certain movies, plays, books that one wishes would never end. For me, “The Soap Myth” is one of those extraordinary plays.
—The Villager

A limited number of tickets are still available.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm
In advance: $25, $35
At the door: $35, $45
JCC members and Seniors receive 10% off ticket prices.

Sunday’s performance of The Soap Myth will be at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills. The venue is also known as The Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts and is a professional, state-of-the-art entertainment location that showcases “amazing and eclectic” performances. Located on the campus of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center – the Gordon is the premier performing arts center in Baltimore County. The season features local, national, and international touring artists in music, dance, comedy, lectures, family shows, and films.

The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117

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