VIDEOS,
FILMS

Dance Me
to the
End of Love

CLICK BUTTON TO GO
TO TOPIC

WHAT WAS
THE
HOLOCAUST?

HOW BIG
IS
SIX MILLION?

Holocaust
Timeline

Holocaust
Glossary

Why Teach the Holocaust which Happened 80
Years Ago?


36 Q AND A
VICTIMS
NAZI PERSECUTION


JEWS IN
PREWAR GERMANY


WHAT IS
GENOCIDE

Nazi
Genocide

Jewish
Resistance
to the
Holocaust

Videos
Jewish

Resistance
to the Holocaust

Jewish Spiritual Resistance
During
the Holocaust

Rescuers Who
Defied the Nazis

Holocaust
Memorial Day

Videos
Holocaust Survivors

Surviving
Survival


NAZI
CAMPS

Videos
Nazi Camps
and the
Death March

Death Transport
to
Holocaust
Camps

Auschwitz Bombing and
Auschwitz Factories

Death
Marches

Holocaust
Maps
and Geography

Holocaust
Museums and Memorials


DENIAL
OF THE
JEWISH HOLOCAUST

Why do the Arabs Deny
the Holocaust?


NAZI GERMANY
1933-45

Videos
Nazi Germany
1933-1939

Videos
Organisation

The Nazi
Racist State

Charts
Nazi Party

Nuremberg Laws

Kristallnacht

Kindertransport

SS and Gestapo

The Final Solution

Wansee
Conference

Einsatzgruppen
SS Paramilitary
Death Squads


THE
JUDENRITE

Judenrite
Stories

Ghetto (Jewish) Police


MUSIC
AND THE HOLOCAUST
GHETTOS AND CAMPS

Red Cross
Holocaust Inspection Tour
to Terezin

Videos
Terezin
(Theresenstadt)

Defiant Requiem
- The Documentary


NAZIS AND MEDICINE


Videos
Nazis and
Medicine


RESPONSIBILITY
FOR THE
HOLOCAUST


HOLOCAUST
RESEARCH PROJECT


VOICES  
HOLOCAUST
AND THE
YAD VASHEM
VIDEO TOOLBOX


NUREMBERG
TRIALS

Subsequent
Nuremberg
Trials

Videos
Nuremberg
Trials


HOLOCAUST REPARATIONS
CHRONOLOGY

Summary

Nazi Plunder

Videos - Nazi Plunder

Nazi Plunder - Effects

Nazi Plunder - Recovery

Nazi Plunder -
Help and Restitution

Reparations
 - FAQ

Reparations -
the Future

Reparations -
Contacts
and Links


HOLOCAUST
LINKS

CLICK HERE
 TO ACCESS  COUNTRIES

T O P I C

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
AND THE JEWS


I  S  R  A  E  L

Videos -

Maps -

Mogan David
(Flag of Israel)

Statistics  and Information


4,000 YEARS
OF
JEWISH HISTORY
Videos


Expulsion
of the Jews  
from
Arab Countries,
1948-2012

Palestinians

Christians
Leaving the
Middle East


4000 YEARS
OF
JEWISH HISTORY

Jewish
Timelines
and Story

WHY DO PEOPLE
HATE THE JEWS


WHAT WAS THE HOLOCAUST ?

ANTISEMITISM


Who is a Jew?

The Jewish Law

Talmud

Shulchan Aruch

Daf Yomi

The Hebrew Bible

Interpretation

The Temples

The Synagogues

Jewish Messiah
Ciaimants

Jewish
Conversion

Jewish Women
in Judaism

Jewish
Education

Rabbi's
and
Jewish Culture  

Kabbalah


Jewish
Diaspora

Jewish
Festivals

Survival of Hebrew

Jewish
Calendar


Lost Tribes

Jewish-Roman  Wars

Understanding
the
Middle Ages

The
 Inquisition

Jewish Pirates


Why has Christendom
Attacked the Jews?

Islam

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via e-mail Print



JewishWikipedia.info







































































DEFIANT REQUIEM — THE DOCUMENTARY

THIS IS OUR FILM.

 The Defiant Requiem Foundation











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.

With testimony provided by surviving members of Schächter’s choir, soaring concert footage, cinematic dramatizations, and evocative animation, this unique film explores the singers’ view of the Verdi as a work of defiance and resistance against the Nazis. The text of the Requiem Mass enabled them, as Schächter told the chorus, to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them.”

The Defiant Requiem Foundation collaborated with Partisan Pictures to produce Defiant Requiem. Conceived by Foundation President and Founder, Murry Sidlin, a distinguished conductor, educator, and artistic innovator, Defiant Requiem was written and directed by Doug Shultz. The Executive Producer is Peter Schnall, founder of Partisan Pictures.

Defiant Requiem was broadcast nationwide on PBS in the spring of 2013, on BBC4 in the United Kingdom in early 2014, and on France Télévisions in May 2015. The film was selected by DocuWeeks as one of only twenty documentaries nationwide to screen in theaters in New York and Los Angeles in August 2012 as part of this annual one-week showcase. Defiant Requiem was named Best Feature Length Documentary at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City and was the runner-up for the Audience Award in January 2013 at the Palm Springs Film Festival. In 2014 Defiant Requiem was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards: Outstanding Historical Documentary Long Form and Outstanding Writing.

The famous German rabbi and philosopher Leo Baeck was sent to Terezín in 1943 where he became a spiritual leader and symbol of moral courage. Immediately after the war, he wrote a short essay about his experiences at Terezín which included an inspiring personal statement about the arts community in the camp:

In the sheltering darkness of the long evenings, they were together in the cold and gloomy attic of a barrack, close under the roof. There they stood, pressed close to each other, to hear a talk about the Bible and the Talmud, about Plato, Aristotle, Maimonides, about Descartes and Spinoza, about Locke and Hume and Kant or about days and problems of history, about poetry and art and music, about Palestine of old and today, about the Commandments, the Prophets, and the Messianic idea.   All those hours were hours in which a community arose out of the mass and the narrowness grew wide. They were hours of freedom.


50TH PERFORMANCE
OF DEFIANT REQUIEM: VERDI AT TEREZIN













Since the world premiere performance on April 20, 2002, the concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín has had an unmistakable and unique connection with audiences and performers alike. Everyone knew they were experiencing a different kind of concert – one that pairs some of the most astounding music ever written with an unparalleled story of human resilience.

On Monday, November 4, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary, that ‘different’ kind of concert celebrated a remarkable milestone: worldwide performance number 50. The venue was especially fitting – the sanctuary of the Reformed Church on Pozsonyi Street – a church whose “founding Reverend” Albert Bereczky was known for his efforts to help Jews in Budapest during the Arrow Cross era. This performance of Defiant Requiem featured the world-renowned Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus led by the concert’s creator, Maestro Murry Sidlin. It was the third performance of the work in Budapest in the past ten years; on this occasion presented as part of the Opera’s 2019-2020 “Christian Spirit Season.” While that would seem to be an odd pairing on the surface, it was actually quite fitting. The season’s intent was to present works that “have either been inspired by biblical stories, or those that convey Christian ideas and values in more indirect ways, but also ones which debate them.” Surely, in a season that explores music inspired by the Christian liturgy, there is a place for the Defiant Requiem story of how and why a group of Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform a Latin, Catholic mass during their darkest hours to deliver a message to their Nazi captors.

That Defiant Requiem’s 50th performance would occur as part of an unusual season is a fitting parallel for the arc this concert-drama has carved since the Portland, Oregon, premiere. Performances of Defiant Requiem have been realized not through one recurring model, but by seizing on many unique opportunities to share the inspirational story of Rafael Schächter and the prisoners in his chorus. Over the course of the last 18 years, performances have been presented by orchestras, community choruses, museums, festivals, Jewish community service organizations, and colleges and universities as special events, memorials, fundraisers, on subscription, and even at the invitation of a Cardinal!

The future of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín promises to be as varied and inventive as its past. Demand for performances from presenters and audiences remains as strong as ever, bolstered by the concert’s historical success and invigorated by new initiatives including a version for piano, violin, soloists, and chorus that is perfect for smaller communities and venues; performances led by the next generation of conductors with guidance and instruction from Maestro Sidlin; renewed support for The University Residency Project, which helps remove the financial barriers to performances by academic institutions; and performances that use the Defiant Requiem story to foster conversations about contemporary issues including rising Holocaust ignorance and denial, anti-Semitism, and racism.

Each of Defiant Requiem’s first 50 performances has had a profound and lasting impact on the performers, audience, and local community who have experienced this powerful story live. We look forward to connecting with even more people with our next 50 performances!

THE

INCREDIBLE

STORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE


TEREZIN          VIDEOS and FILMS, TEREZIN


VERDI - REQUIEM 2010 BUDAPEST (DEFIANT REQUIEM)
ALEX201020102010 2014 (1.46.10)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi, Performance conceived by Murry Sidlin, May, 2010

Conducted by Murry Sidlin for national broadcast in Hungary, Budapest, Hungary

MAV Symphony Orchestra, CUA Chorus, Honved Male Choir, Angelica Female Choir

Soloists: Eszter Sumegi, Attila Feketa, Andrea Melath, and Gabor Bretz

Actors: Ilona Beres and Dezso Garas

Chorus Masters: Zsuzsanna Graf and Peter Drucker

PROMS 2016 - VERDI - REQUIEM
[MARIN ALSOP,
ORCHESTRA
OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT]

2016 (1.22.04)
Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Proms Youth Choir in a performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem. Featuring soprano Tamara Wilson, mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosolva, tenor Dimitri Pittas, and bass Morris Robinson.
 Recorded live
at the Royal Albert Hall
on September 9th 2016 as Prom 74.

MOSAIC TV SHOW -
 THE DEFIANT REQUIEM -
VERDI AT TEREZIN, PART 2

MosaicTVShow 2011 (12.16)

MOSAIC TV SHOW -
 THE DEFIANT REQUIEM -
VERDI AT TEREZIN, PART 1

M
osaicTVShow 2011 (14.21)

HOLOCAUST  
TEREZIN AND VERDI’S REQUIEM


DEFIANT REQUIEM
THEATRICAL TRAILER

PartisanPicturesTV  2012 (3.12)

Verdi’s
Defiant
Requiem


50th
Performance
of
Verdi’s Defiant Requiem,
 at Terezin

TEREZIN
DEFIANT REQUIEM
Tom D'Antoni. 2007  Part 1  (8.47)   Part 2 (7.19)

A TV story on composer/conductor Murry Sidlin's production of Verdi's Requiem as performed by the prisoners of the
Terezin concentration camp in Germany during WWII.

DEFIANT/VERDI REQUIEM EXCERPTS FEATURING ELENI MATOS
hgcoin 2011 (12.44)
Rare it is to see in one artistic expression high instrumental, choral and solo vocal art weaving together so much human history.  First the modern effort resulting in this performance.  Second, a homage to the Defiant/Verdi Requiem's singers -- those who themselves at that very time were suffering the Nazi holocaust.  Third, the deep cultural/historical roots embodied in Verdi's Requiem itself.  
Any one of them by itself would be impressive enough.
Together?"Impressive" hardly approaches it.