In the Vise of Evils
List Price: 18.95
Available: January 2011
1938. A young Jewish couple, Fryda and Natek, meet at a popular resort in southern Poland. Fryda dreams of finding the right man. Natek wants to be a famous Olympic bicycle racer; or rich … at least as his brother, Berek. Hitler dreams of a new world order, with no Jews. As the Germans invade Poland in 1939, the extermination begins. “In the Vise of Evils” tells the harrowing and nearly miraculous story of how Natek, his fiancée, Fryda, his brothers, Berek and Reuven, and two friends, escape from the Nazis’ malevolent claws straight into the Sovietsʼ vicious jaws. The group is arrested, crammed into boxcars, and sent on their oneway voyage to hell. Two years after the brutal arrest and death camp confinement, Stalin finally submits to amnesty of selected Polish subjects. Natek and Berek, now free, embark on an unforgettable yearlong odyssey to find and to rescue Fryda….
Kalman Kivkovich is a retired architect, an artist, author and playwright. Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, Kalman has lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and—since 1973, in the U.S. His first nonfiction work, “Nuovo Modello: Università Suddivisa in Nuclei,” was published in Italy in 1975. His first play, In the Vise of Evils, based on the book, was awarded Cincinnati Playwrights Initiativeʼs highest honor and unprecedented two performances in 2007. Embers from the Ashes: A Girl’s Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a full-house public staged reading in May 2008. To date, CPI has selected six of Kalmanʼs plays for staged readings. Elected president of CPI in May 2010, Kalman is now working on another Holocaust-themed play about a celebrated, world-renowned violinist, Henry Meyer. Kalman met his lovely wife, Sandi, on the dance floor, where they are both avid ballroom dancers. They reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.