by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

for an original television series produced by Hat Trick Productions

Directed by Murphy Scott Wulfgar & Moira Mangiamelli

March 25 - April 10, 2022

First Central Congregational Church

Based on actual events. A group of WWII prisoners in Auschwitz are selected for extermination and, powerless to change their fate, begin to question the faith of the devout among them. In a remarkable act of dignity and civility, an impromptu mock trial unfolds in their barracks. The charge: Is God to blame? This attempt to reconcile one's self with a higher power (or vice versa) while facing the prospect of one's own extinction is as fascinating as it is heartbreaking.


Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, as a television play produced by Hat Trick Productions and shown by the BBC on 3 September 2008. Production was supported by PBS, which screened the play as part of its Masterpiece anthology. ​The play is based on an event described by Elie Wiesel in his book The Trial of God, though Boyce describes this tale as "apocryphal".[2] According to Boyce, producer Mark Redhead "had been trying to turn the story into a film for almost 20 years by the time he called me in 2005 to write the screenplay."[2] However, Wiesel later confirmed that the story was true, and that he was personally witness to it.[3] *Wikipedia

Article: Wiesel: Yes, We Really Did Put God on Trial, Jenni Frazer, The JC

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