Ruth Maier was a young, Jewish girl that fled to Norway from Vienna in 1939, after Hitler's anschluss. An exceptionally talented young girl, she wrote a diary all her life. In Norway she learned Norwegian very fast, and became a student. She met the young Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo in 1941, and their relationship became life altering for both of them. In November 1942, Ruth Maier was arrested by the Norwegian police and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp where she was killed in the gas chambers on arrival.
Her diaries were published in 2007, edited by Jan Erik Vold.
Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull have been commissioned to write a music theatre work based on "Ruth Maier's diary" by Musikkteaterforum in Oslo.
On December 3., at Chat Noir Theatre, Oslo, there was a workshop presenting the whole work. Performing were Norway's foremost musical performers: Charlotte Brænna, Emilie Tverbak, Julie Støp Husby, Sara Fellman, Mari Lerberg Fossum, Jenny Kaatz, Liv Unni Larsson Undall, Øyvind Boye Løvold, Lasse Vermeli and Lars Helge Throndsen. Trond Lindheim played the piano.