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2016 Institute

THE 2016 RAFAEL SCHÄCHTER INSTITUTE FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES
CZECH CENTER NEW YORK / BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021


Theater Presentation | The Tin Ring
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom

The Tin Ring, adapted and performed by Jane Arnfield, and adapted and directed by Mike Alfreds, is a dramatization of Holocaust survival based on the autobiography by Zdenka Fantlová. Questions and answers with Ms. Arnfield, Mr. Alfreds, and Producer Tony Harrington will follow the performance.


Film Screening | Defiant Requiem
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
Cinema Room

Defiant Requiem is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning feature-length documentary film that relates the little-known story of conductor Rafael Schächter and his prisoner choir in the Terezín Concentration Camp who resisted their Nazi captors by performing the Verdi Requiem as an act of defiance. Questions and answers with the film’s Creative Producer and Music Director, and Foundation President and Founder, Murry Sidlin, will follow the film.


Concert-Drama | Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom
Performed in honor of Yom HaShoah

The New York premiere of Murry Sidlin’s new concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer. Showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezín during the WWII, the performance combines video, music, and narrative to highlight works that portray the agony and suffering of camp life and the inspiration and revelation that comes through music.


Panel Discussion and Lunch | With author Lenore Weitzman and Holocaust scholar
Michlean Amir

Women, Resistance and the Holocaust
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 12:00pm
The Harvard Club, Slocum Room

Join distinguished author Lenore J. Weitzman and scholar Michlean Amir from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for an exploration of the experiences of women during the Holocaust. Professor Weitzman is the author of Women in the Holocaust and is currently writing a book on women in the underground Jewish resistance in the ghettos. We will also hear from Hanna Wechsler, an Auschwitz survivor, who was born in Nowy Korczyn, Poland. Hanna’s personal stories of survival with her mother and other women in the camp are inspirational.   Lunch will be served.  Admission is free and seating is limited so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.


Exhibition/Reinhard Heydrich Assassination
| The Death of the Holocaust Architect
Exhibit opens on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7pm
May 3-31, 2016, 10am – 6pm
Czech Center Gallery

Exhibit commemorating the 74th anniversary of Operation Anthropoid which was organized by the Czechoslovakia anti-Nazi resistance movement on May 27, 1942 and resulted in the elimination of Nazi fanatic, Reinhard Heydrich. No RSVP is required.


Admission is free for all events and seating is first-come first-serve. To confirm seats, please send an email to reservations@defiantrequiem.org with your name, address and phone number included. Be sure to indicate the event(s) that you wish to attend and the number of seats.  If you have any questions, please call The Defiant Requiem Foundation at 202-244-0220.


To download the schedule of events for The 2016 Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities, click here.