An interactive, live production that turns history into a moving, personal journey.

Performance Dates for 2020


February 5-14, 2020.


Due to underwriting by generous donors in the community, the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation is proud to offer this program to schools at a cost of only $175 per performance.



Schedule a Performance


Performances are recommended for up to 350 students. To schedule a performance or for more information, email the Holocaust Commission Program at, or call 965-6100.


A presentation of Through the Eyes of a Friend offers students in Tidewater public and private schools the opportunity to learn about Anne Frank and her world from a unique perspective. 


As an interactive program, it uses video and drama to encourage students to think about prejudice and stereotyping, and the impact that they have on people just like themselves. A production of the Living Voices theater company of Seattle, the show turns history into a moving, personal journey that encourages audiences to become aware of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.   

Following the presentation, the actress will engage the students in a discussion of what they have seen, and its relevance to their lives today.



Some teacher comments:


"I cannot thank you enough for sponsoring and organizing this incredible event for our school. I think this was the first time many students and staff had the opportunity to partake in the presentation, and to say they were on the edge of their seats is an understatement. Elizabeth is fantastic. Her command of an audience cannot be compared. To have a diverse group of students in rapt attention for an hour is a feat in itself, but to see the kids run up to her after the performance to ask even more questions and just to say THANK YOU makes it all worthwhile."

- Angela German, Virginia Beach teacher


"Elizabeth was, as usual, terrific in her performance. Our group of 8th graders was captivated by the assembly, and I've heard so many positive comments from the students in the halls about it. Thank you all so much for continuing to make this program available to our students. The most common refrain from the students has been, ‘I didn't know it was that bad; how could they just do that?’ This comment reinforces the necessity of continuing to educate each generation in an effort to quell prejudice and stereotyping. I look forward to next year's performance." 

- Beth Pallister, Assistant Principal, Chesapeake



"I was thrilled that our IB coordinator arranged to have a presentation of "Through the Eyes of a Friend" brought to Granby. What an amazing experience that was! Our students were enthralled and touched, as was I. Thank you to the Federation for providing this phenomenal appearance."

- Paula S. Eisen, Library Media Specialist, Granby High School



"Thank you so much for coordinating the performance again this year! Students were, once again, rapt as they watched Elizabeth's engaging performance. I'm already looking forward to her coming again next year!"

- Jennifer Rodgers, 6th grade team, Norfolk Academy