Dedicated in Memory of Donna Kramer
Murry Sidlin is President and Creative Director of The Defiant Requiem Doundation and creator of the concert-dramas Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezin Composer, and the play Mass Appeal, 1943. He began developing the film Defiant Requiem in 2006 to share the legacy of Terezin and its unique message of courage and hope during the Holocaust.
Defiant Requiem, a feature-length documentary film, highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. He demonstrated moral leadership under the most brutal circumstances, determined to sustain courage and hope for his fellow prisoners by enriching their souls through great music. His most extraordinary act was to recruit 150 prisoners and teach them Verdi’s Requiem by rote in a dank cellar using a single score, over multiple rehearsals, and after grueling days of forced labor. The Requiem was performed on 16 occasions for fellow prisoners. The last, most infamous performance occurred on June 23, 1944 before high-ranking SS officers from Berlin and the International Red Cross to support the charade that the prisoners were treated well and flourishing.
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