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Janka is the compelling account of Janka Festinger, from Sighet, Romania, who survived the Nazi Holocaust, fell in love and married an American soldier, and immigrated to the United States to live the American Dream. At 75, she finally shares her story…


News Flash: Janka will be presented in conjunction with the California Holocaust Education & Resource Center at the 210 Cafe  Performance Space in Visalia on Friday, January 19th at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 559-308-1333.

Janka will also be presented at 2nd Space in Fresno on Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

For more information on both events contact Julian at The Fresno Arts Council by calling 559-237-9734.

Janice Noga and Oscar Speace want to thank James Phillip Gates, our New York director, for his dedicated work on JANKA and recommend that you take a look at his new website:


Janka is a journey through two of history's most notorious death camps, AUSCHWITZ and DACHAU, to the shores of the United States, and the embrace of the American Dream. Adapted from her sixty-page handwritten letter, it describes in striking detail, the events of the Nazis' interment of Romanian Jews in 1944. This "grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her will to survive, poses the ultimate dilemma, whether or not to share painful personal memories to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth." Adam Rosenberg, a NY critic, called Janice Noga's performance "mesmerizing." Click here to read Adam Rothenberg's review.


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The Janka Project

P.O. Box 4289

Fresno, CA 93744-4289

Phone: (559) 284-8247



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Fresno Arts Council

1245 Van Ness Avenue

Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: (559) 237-9734