“Some Brighter Distance”

Join us for an evening of reflection and history on April 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at The Robert H. Jackson Center for an interview with Eli Rosenbaum, Esq. and a 90 minute play read by SUNY Fredonia Theater students of “Some Brighter Distance” at 7:30pm.  This event is free and open to the public, but donations are gladly accepted.

About Eli Rosenbaum, Esq (interview begins at 6:30pm):

Beginning at 6:30, RHJC’s co-founder and Board member, Gregory Peterson, will interview Eli Rosenbaum, current Director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, formerly the Office of Special Investigations (OSI).  In 1979, Eli Rosenbaum, then working OSI, by chance read about Arthur Rudolph (on which the play “Some Brighter Distance” is based) in a book about moving rocket parts using forced labor.  Rosenbaum then conducted research at the National Archives regarding the Dora war crimes trial, which appeared to connect Rudolph with the use of forced labor at Mittelwerk, a German factory that used slave labor from concentration camps to produce weapons during WWII.

About Some Brighter Distance (play read begins at 7:30pm):

During the Cold War, German rocket scientist Arthur Rudolph was instrumental in helping America win the Space Race. Rudolph—who directed the German lab that produced the V-2 rocket, and who was implicated in working thousands of slave laborers to death—was the only scientist to face prosecution for war crimes. When he is forced to confront his Nazi history, Rudolph and his wife are cast out of the country he has diligently served for nearly forty years. This time-bending play explores the untold (and true) story of “Operation Paperclip” and questions the cost of burying the past in pursuit of the future.


Kevin Ganzekaufer – Robert Davis

Donovan Gale – Major Turner

Evelyn Oliver – Marta Rudolph

James Wamsley – Werner Von Braun

James Paul Ivey – Arthur Rudolph