Was God really put on trial?
The premise of God on Trial makes for compelling viewing, but is it true? The actors and producer sound off on whether or not this remarkable idea is rooted in any historical fact.
Antony Sher (Akiba)
It's a remarkable thought, isn't it, that in Auschwitz they might have put God on trial. It is rumored to have happened, and it is an extraordinarily unique subject and makes for a very gripping, very different courtroom drama I think.
Jemma Rodgers (Producer)
All the research we've managed to do on the story it is still pointing to the fact that it is almost a sort of Auschwitz urban myth. There were some veterans that had written up on that website that they had heard this myth that some of the prisoners put God on trial. And I think it is absolutely believable that they would. You know, actually when you consider the sort of people that were in Auschwitz, and actually the fact that just because their bodies were broken and they were physically broken, it didn't mean their minds were broken.
Rupert Graves (Mordechai)
It is also on the night of selection where you have one group of men who are selected to be killed, and another group of men who are selected to not be killed, to survive. But neither group know whether they are going to survive or not, and they have to spend a night not knowing, and they will be killed the next day. And I was thinking what a brilliant way to spend your last night on Earth because it distracts your mind. I mean I can't think of anything worse than laying in your bunk terrified knowing that you are going to die tomorrow, be killed tomorrow. And this, I think, in some way at least, can give you focus or can temper the terror.