Zbyněk Brynych, known later in West Germany as the style-defining director of "Derrick" and "Der Alte," addresses in his feature film shot in CSSR the forced "involvement" by the Nazis of victims in the process of their own destruction.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
The sometimes surreal, sometimes bitingly satirical film about the Terezín Ghetto and its Jewish elder "Marmulstaub" is based on Arnost Lustig’s autobiographical book "Nacht und Hoffnung" (Night and hope). "Transport aus dem Paradies" (Transport from paradise) was one of the first films of the 1960s to explore without moral ambiguity the shadiness of the relationship between victim and perpetrator under the despotic rule of absolute domination and destruction. An historical documentary feature film that merits rediscovery.
CSSR 1963, Directed by Zbyněk Brynych, 98 min.
Where, when, what?
- 1 March 2014, 7.30 pm
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 BerlinSee location on map
(Opposite the Museum)
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Klaus Mangold Auditorium
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