The history of the Terezín Ghetto is a focus of the spring program of the both the museum and Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin. Marking the performance of Verdi’s Requiem Mass that will be staged as a concert drama entitled "Defiant Requiem" on 4 March 2014, we are organising a cultural trip to Prague and Terezín.
On this three-day trip, you will visit the Terezín Ghetto Memorial with the program director Cilly Kugelmann. Guided tours and talks by memorial guides will provide insights into the "exception ghetto" and its particular history. In Prague, you will explore the city’s Jewish quarter with staff from the local Jewish Museum.
With the Program Director Cilly Kugelmann
Arrival in Prague (leaving Berlin Central Station at 08:46, arriving in Prague at 13:27), optional: city tour, group meal
Visit the Terezín Memorial, group lunch
Tour through the Jewish Museum Prague and the Jewish quarter, return to Berlin (leaving Prague at 16:29, arriving Berlin Central Station at 21:15)
The right to make changes to the program is reserved.
Tour operator: Ventus Reisen GmbH, tour operator for group and individual travel, Berlin
Events Accompanying Defiant Requiem: Terezín Remembrance Week (6)
Terezín Remembrance Week
With Defiant Requiem, performed internationally every year since 2002, the American conductor Murry Sidlin commemorates the performances of Verdi’s Requiem at the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto. The dramatized concert consists of an unabridged performance of Verdi’s requiem mass interspersed with readings of eyewitness accounts and extracts from a Nazi propaganda film about Terezín. The concert had its German premiere on 4 March 2014 at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The concert was accompanied by numerous events related to Terezín.
"As if it were a Life"
27 February 2014, 7.30 pm
Reading from the “Tatsachenbericht” by Philipp Manes from the Theresienstadt Ghetto, 1942–44
Cultural Trip to Prague and Terezín
31 January – 2 February 2014
To go along with the performance of the Verdi Requiem, staged as a dramatic concert titled Defiant Requiem, we are organizing a study trip to Prague and Theresienstadt.
Transport from paradise
1 March 2014, 7.30 pm
Zbyněk Brynych, Czechoslovakia 1963, 98 min.
Art and Culture in the Terezín Ghetto
2 March 2014, 11 am – 6 pm
In four lectures, the symposium explores the history of Theresienstadt, the “ghetto of exceptions,” from four different angles.
Defiant Requiem Documentary Film
3 March 2014, 7:30 pm
The documentary film tells the story of the Czech conductor and pianist Rafael Schächter and his performance of the Verdi Requiem in Theresienstadt.
Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” at the Theresienstadt Ghetto
The dramatic concert Defiant Requiem is dedicated to the Czech conductor and pianist Rafael Schächter, who performed the Verdi Requiem with hundreds of Theresienstadt Ghetto prisoners approximately seventy years ago.
4 Mar 2014