Synopsis: Of the many Jewish children that passed through the ghetto of Terezin, the few that survived returned to the scattered pieces of their lives, their homes, and their families. Raja lived through it all at Terezin, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little reason for hope. This musical is her inspirational and uplifting story of triumph over adversity, an imaginative creation from documentary materials: poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures. This show is targeted for students in the fifth to eighth grades.
Defiant Requiem tells the untold story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi's Requiem Mass by rote from fellow prisoner and gifted conductor Rafael Schaëchter. The concert drama features the full performance of the Requiem with actors, video testimony from surviving members of the choir, and original Nazi propaganda film footage.