Film screening: Defiant Requiem


This 2012 film tells the story of a cultural and spiritual resistance inside the Terezín camp. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back — with art and music. This creative rebellion reaches its peak when Schächter teaches a choir of 150 inmates one of the world's most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi's Requiem, reimagined as a condemnation of the Nazis.

The choir would ultimately confront the Nazis face to face, and sing to them what they dare not say.

For more than 10 years, conductor Murry Sidlin dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezín. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations and evocative animation, Defiant Requiem brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life.



Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004


Admission is free; RSVP requested.
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