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Defiant Requiem DVD
Defiant Requiem

Defiant Requiem

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Defiant Requiem tells the remarkable story of Rafael Schchter, a brilliant young and passionate Czech opera-choral conductor who was arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezn) in 1941. Under the most brutal of circumstances,and determined to sustain dignity, humanity, and hope within his fellow prisoners, he recruited 150 prisoners and taught them Verdi's Requiem by rote in a dank cellar using a smuggled score, after grueling days of forced labor. They performed on 16 occasions for fellow prisoners, with the last, most infamous performance on June 23, 1944, in front of high-ranking SS officers from Berlin and the International Red Cross. This forced performance, as part of the Nazi charade to assure the world that prisonerswere well-treated, allowed the choir to sing to the Nazis what they dared not say through the Latin liturgy of the Requiem that promised redemption for the innocent and punishment for the wicked.The documentary also chronicles how six decades later, conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir bring Verdi's Requiem back to Terezn to reawaken this little-known story about the resilience of the human spirit. DEFIANT REQUIEM highlights how a rare form of courage, hope, and survival sparked an entirely unique method of fighting Nazi oppression, battling the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.
Title: Defiant Requiem
Genre: Special Interest-War
Starring: Bebe Neuwirth, Kylie Biscayne, Loni Lynn, Regina Russell, Julie Snow
Director: Doug Shultz
Studio: PBS (Direct)
Release Date: 7/23/2013
Original Year: 2012
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 841887019200
Item #: 626564X

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