Wednesday, October 16, 2013; 7 p.m.
Location: Collins Center for the Arts, The University of Maine, Orono, ME
Contact: Box Office; 207-581-1755
Defiant Requiem highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezín) during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant young and passionate Czech opera-choral conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. He demonstrated moral leadership under the most brutal circumstance, determined to sustain courage and hope for his fellow prisoners through great music and the arts. The story of Terezín travels far beyond the general perception of a Nazi concentration camp. This is a film about how a rare form of courage, hope, and survival sparked an entirely unique method of fighting Nazi oppression, enabling the prisoners to maintain their dignity and humanity while battling the worst of mankind with the best of mankind. The Nazi legacy of brutality is well established, but the Terezín legacy is virtually unknown and is told dramatically in Defiant Requiem.