”I am Glad that I Could See ‘Brundibar’ at Heychal Hatarbut”
”I am Glad that I Could See ‘Brundibar’, also at Heychal Hatarbut” said a number of survivors from ghetto Theresienstadt, who were invited by the program “Mavteach” of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, to attend a special concert, on Friday, April 29, 2011, noon – a prelude to Holocaust Remembrance Day 2011.
The “Moran” choir from Emek Hefer under the baton ofNaomi Faranhosted the children’s choir Pueri Gaudentes from Prague, Czech Republic and the musicians of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra who played enthusiastically to rousing ovations.
Through an operation of Beit Theresienstadt in cooperation with Irit Rov, director of the program “KeyNote” for musical education and contact with the community, dozens of survivors from ghetto Theresienstadt were located and invited by the Philharmonic Orchestra to participate in the event. Many of the survivors came accompanied by grandchildren and other family members, to relate the story of the children’s opera - part of their lives in the ghetto. Among the survivors were Hana Drori and Grete Klingsberg who were leading actors in “Brundibar” in the ghetto, and, in contrast to most of the other children, survived. Chana and Grete were invited to the stage to sing together with the children’s choirs the concluding victory song, causing great excitement.
In the audience was also Shmuel Bloch whose brother Honza Treitlinger acted the role of the original “Brundibar” in the ghetto. Honza perished in the Holocaust.
The event was moderated by Yossi Schiffmann. He told the audience the story of ghetto Theresienstadt, how its prisoners and especially the children coped with the difficult life in the ghetto, with constant hunger and the threat of transports to the East – fortified by their background of Central European culture.
The whole storyof the children’s opera in the ghetto can be found at the website of Beit Theresienstadt -