Perseverance: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey. FREE Streaming of the Play Adaptation–May 6, 1:00pm

Please join us for a recorded streaming of the Prime Stage Theatre’s production of Perseverance, a world premiere adaptation of the book Perseverance by local author Lee Goldman Kikel. After the viewing, join the author Lee Kikel and  L.E. McCullough who adapted the book into the play for an intimate talk on Lee’s father story and the journey from his tapes to the book to the play.

Melvin Goldman seemed to be a typical successful American, living with his family in Squirrel Hill, a multicultural Pittsburgh neighborhood with a large Jewish population. There, he turned his craftsmanship as a jewelry designer into a profitable business, and maintained a rosy outlook on life and a generous view of his fellow man.

In the decade before his arrival in the United States in 1950, Mieczyslaw Goldman saw his home destroyed, his family torn apart, his health ruined, and nearly everyone he had ever known murdered in the death camps of the Third Reich. His survival of the years in the ghetto and Auschwitz, and his attainment of a somewhat normal life are miraculous. Here, his daughter Lee Goldman Kikel has captured his story from the audio tapes he made decades later.

To learn more about the live production at Prime Stage, please visit their website at This program is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Shaler North Hills Library.