"As if it were a Life" – Reading from the "Tatsachenbericht" by Philipp Manes, 1942-1944 Defiant Requiem
Reading with the actor Frank Riede, annotated by the editor Ben Barkow
In February 1944, one and a half years after his deportation from Berlin, the tradesman Philipp Manes began a comprehensive report about life in the Terezín concentration camp. Manes headed the service that planned and organized more than 500 lectures, readings, and poetry competitions during his more than two-year imprisonment. His records covering 986 pages give a detailed picture of the camp’s structure, describe the different living conditions of the Czech and German inmates, portray numerous people, and describe the circumstances of the transports to Auschwitz, which also included himself and his wife in October 1944.
A Cooperation with the Wiener Library, London.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)
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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.
4 March 2014, 8 pm
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.