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July 1, 2017

Brundibar

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Music, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:10 pm

Here is a short one minute clip from a rendition of Brundibar.

You can read a news article I blogged about earlier today about the concentration camp in the town of Terezin at: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/entertainment/arts/opera-returns-death-camp

This is the headline of the news article:

The Opera returns to the death camp

Begin quote from the news article:

For John Freund, this performance of an opera he loves promises to be bittersweet.

The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, who now lives in Toronto, hopes to be well enough to travel this month to Theresienstadt – a concentration camp and ghetto in the Czech town of Terezin, near Prague, where he was once interned. There, he will see a performance of the renowned children’s opera, Brundibar, which he witnessed as a teenaged inmate of the Nazi-era camp.

Freund served as a consultant to the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, which, on July 2, began a 10-day tour of Brundibar. The company of 48 children and youth are to perform the work in Prague, where it premiered at an orphanage in 1942, as well as Krakow and Budapest. The tour ends in Terezin, where the opera was performed more than 50 times by the child inmates of the camp.

End quote from news article

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The Red Cross inspection of the Terezin concentration camp lasted for six hours but the cultural events went on for a week. During the week of the inspection, there were numerous performances of the children’s opera called “Brundibar” in the new cultural hall in the Sokol building.

A jazz band, called the “Ghetto Swingers”, played in the music pavilion in the square. This was a real concession by the Nazis since they had banned jazz or swing music in all of Germany. Hitler regarded swing music and jazz as “degenerate” because two of the leading musicians, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, were Jewish.

The Nazi concentration camps typically had an orchestra which played classical music as the prisoners marched to work, or to the gas chambers. The Germans loved classical music and Germany was world famous for the cultural contributions of Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. One could say that the Nazis literally put down their violins in order to kill the Jews.

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. Who exactly is this guy?
    He was probably quite happy in Theresienstadt.
    But who wants to hear that?
    My professor was transported there and his son writes: “food much better but little”.
    His mother had to work as a maid for a richer family. His father got a clerical job. I concluded that it depended a lot on what sort of Jew you were. Actually that’s it.

    Comment by DrKim — July 2, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

  2. Why? Seems to me,be too much pain there. You think I’d ever wanna visit Nam? There would be nothing but pain there for me.

    Comment by Tim — July 1, 2017 @ 7:54 pm


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