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Terezin and the Art of Defiance

Symposium Events: April 15, 2004


Scholars, Historians Speak about

Creative and Intellectual Legacy of

Terezin Concentration Camp


From April 12 to16, Catholic University presents “Terezin and the Art of Defiance,” a weeklong symposium honoring the creative lives and bravery of composers and musicians interned in the Terezin concentration camp near Prague, Czechoslovakia, during World War II. The symposium precedes CUA’s 2004 President’s Concert — “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” — to be held April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The second performance falls on U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day. The symposium is free and open to the public; reservations are required for events held at embassies. For more information about the symposium or concert, visit www.cua.edu or call 202-319-5416.


Thursday, April 15

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Lecture/Demonstration: “The Yellow Star Cabaret: Emphasizing the German-Speaking Cabaret in Terezin”

Israeli playwright and Terezin Cabaret historian Kobi Luria will discuss the history of the ghetto cabaret, which emerged as a form of spiritual resistance to the Nazi regime. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University.


3 p.m.-5 p.m.   

Lecture/Recital: “Terezin, Music, Intellectual Life and the Institute Today”

The Terezin Memorial Institute’s director, Jan Munk, and its historian, Vojtech Blodig, will discuss “The History of Terezin and the Role of Cultural Life in the Terezin Ghetto.” Andrew Shenton, CUA assistant professor, will talk about “The Musical Legacy of Terezin.” Ivo Kaltchev, CUA associate professor and pianist, will perform music by Terezin prisoner Viktor Ullman. John Paul Hall, Catholic University.


7:30 p.m.

Lecture/Demonstration: “The Yellow Star Cabaret: Emphasizing the German-Speaking Cabaret in Terezin”

See details listed for 10:30 a.m. lecture. Ward Recital Hall, CUA. Admission is by invitation. To request an invitation, call the CUA music school at 202-319-5416.


MEDIA:             Media representatives are welcome to attend the symposium. For more information, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.




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