Past Events 2021
Gideon Klein: The musician the Nazis tried to silence
Zoom lecture: Gideon Klein: The musician the Nazis tried to silence.
Lecturer: Dr. David Fligg
In 1990, a suitcase was discovered in Prague. Its contents revealed a treasure-trove of musical compositions, photographs and personal items belonging to the composer and pianist Gideon Klein, murdered by the Nazis aged just 25. Based on new discoveries, this talk investigates how he continued to make music against all the odds during the German occupation of Prague, and whilst imprisoned in Terezín.
Dr. David Fligg is the author of full-length biography on Gideon Klein, ‘Letter from Gideon’, that will be published in English later this year. He is also the author of a number of recent journal articles and book chapters about Klein. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), where he was previously Lecturer in Academic Studies. He is also Visiting Professor at Chester University, and is affiliated to the Centre of Jewish Studies at Leeds University.
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin
Zoom lecture : Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin – by Maestro Murry Sidlin.
The prisoners’ choir, organized by Rafael Schächter, performed Verdi’s Requiem sixteen times in Ghetto Terezin. From one performance to the next, they had to find new prisoners to replace those who had been sent for extermination. According to testimonies of survivors, some of whom actually sang in the choir, Schächter told them in rehearsals that his objective was “to sing to the Germans what they could not say to them”.
Maestro Sidlin talked about the significance of music in an impossible reality, and about his personal journey which led him to the production of the film “Defiant Requiem”.
Murry Sidlin is a conductor, concert innovator, educator, Founder and President of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of Illuminations Concerts.
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An Opera for Terezin - A play by Liliane Atlan
In commemoration of the date of the liberation of Ghetto Theresienstadt, we conducted a directed reading of “An Opera for Terezin”- A play by Lilian Atlan.
“I have taken the myth of the origins of a people and used its form to describe their extermination, in such a way that one can both remember it and live.”
The ceremonial aspect of this play, simultaneously read by actors from three countries, creates a unique multi-cultural experience which highlights the power of art and its importance for humanity in times of crisis.
REPLAY at the request of the audience : Beit Terezin’s internet site or Beit Theresienstadt Facebook
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Woman in Gold- The recovery of the Klimt painting from Austria
The lecture will deal with Maria Altman’s journey to seek justice for her family and to restore her heritage. 60 years after she escaped from Vienna during the Second World War, she began the process of retrieving family property that had been confiscated by the Nazis, amongst the items was the famous painting by Gustav Klimt, the first portrait of Adela Bloch-Bauer, The Woman in Gold. Together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, she embarks on a massive struggle that brings them to the heart of the Austrian establishment and to the Supreme Court in the U.S.A. forcing her to deal with harsh truths about the past.
Speaker: Randy Schoenberg
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A journey following the Lieben family from Prague. Genealogical research accompanied by an effort to get to know the personalities, by wandering through alleyways steeped in history. A mixture of roots, a plentiful world, and its huge destruction.
Speaker: Liora Livni Cohen
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