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July 1, 2017

Brundibar, the opera, will play again at a former Nazi “death camp”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:03 pm

My photo of entrance into Theresienstadt

You can read all about the alleged Nazi death camp, known as Theresienstadt, in this recent news article:

Title of the article: The Opera returns to the death camp


Quote from the news article:

For John Freund, [a former prisoner at Theresienstadt] 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, [rhymes with gasoline] where the opera was performed more than 50 times by the child inmates of the camp.

End quote from news article

I have a section on my website about Theresienstadt at:

The following quote is from my website:

The Red Cross inspection of the Theresienstadt camp lasted for six hours but the cultural events at Theresienstadt 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 Germany. Hitler regarded swing as “degenerate” music 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.

End quote from my website