This stirring documentary uses dramatization, archival footage and animation to portray an extraordinary act of moral resistance against the Third Reich during WWII. After being imprisoned in Terezin in 1941, young Czech conductor Rafael Schächter recruited 150 prisoners and taught them Verdi’s Requiem. The inmates presented the music many times at the camp, with the last one taking place in June 1944 before high ranking SS officers visiting from Berlin and the International Red Cross. Although the concert was used by the Nazis as a charade to show that the prisoners were being treated benevolently, Schächter used the Requiem’s text to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them.”
Admission is free. RSVP requested to jewishworldcinema.org.
Sponsors: EBIJFF, CCJCC, and Cong. B’nai Shalom.