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DEFIANT REQUIEM: THE FILM

DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back...with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY: INTERACTIVE Terezín

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Terezín evolved into a major center of music and art during the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia. Enter the cultural center of this unique Jewish Ghetto for an interactive experience of how prisoners regained hope, courage and dignity in the midst of monumental suffering, disease and death. [...]

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MASS APPEAL, 1943
AN ORIGINAL PLAY WRITTEN
AND CONCEIVED BY MURRY SIDLIN

Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. | Studio Theatre, Washington, DC

Mass Appeal, 1943, a one-act play that is composed of two scenes with musical interlude, is set in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. It tells the dramatic story of prisoner and conductor Rafael Schächter, who argued before the Camp's Council of Jewish Elders his justification to perform the Verdi Requiem with a prisoner choir. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! [...]

JOURNEYS IN FILM CURRICULUM

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The Defiant Requiem Foundation is pleased to offer a new documentary-based curriculum produced by Journeys In Film, based on the documentary Defiant Requiem. [...]

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SURVIVOR STORIES: MARION EIN LEWIN AND STEVEN HESS

Marion Ein Lewin and her brother Steven Hess were born 45 minutes apart on January 14, 1938, in Amsterdam, Holland. They are among the few sets of twins who survived the concentration camps and at this point quite possibly the last. Steven’s earliest memory is from around age five. “I was in a field with my sister lying on a blanket between two suitcases. I remembered it distinctly, but I had no memory as to why.” Later, Steven’s mother gave the scene context. She told him that they had been arrested and were waiting in an open field to be transported. [...]