On November 26, 2012,
Beit Terezin’s music and study room was opened. It is intended to hold all our
material pertaining to music and culture from ghetto Theresienstadt, with the
aid of audio-visual equipment and computers.
pupils and the interested public will be able to sit in the room vis-à-vis a
computer system that is being built these days and look in our archives for
documents, pictures, sound recordings and films about music composed and
performed in the ghetto.
The ambassador of the Czech Republic
Mr. Tomáš Pojár, cut the ribbon and Mr. Chaim Feder, for the
Claims Conference unveiled the plaque – they represented the two bodies that
helped to finance the establishment of the room, together with families and
individuals who donated objects or money. The head of the Regional Council Emek
Hefer, Rani Idan, greeted the assembly.
The event was attended
by members of our association and by its chairman prof. Eli Lawental,
the ambassadors of Austria
and Slovakia in Israel,
survivors of the ghetto and their descendants, guests and students of the music
discipline at the Maabarot high school.
Sima Shachar moderated the cultural program, introduced by
prof. Michael Wolpe, who expressed his appreciation of the fact that the
musicians of Theresienstadt were finally recognized and commemorated, - that
did not happen in the years following World War II. Instructors and students of
our annual seminar “History, Music and Remembrance” prepared short fragments of
music composed and performed in the ghetto – chamber music, cabaret and vocal
music. Alan Sternfield, Einat Azulai, Maria Ljubin, Lior Stern, Ohad
Stolarz, Batya Shiner and Yair Baruch performed.
Zvi Cohen moved the audience, telling them about the
role of music in his life as a boy in the ghetto and played on his mouth organ
a melody that had earned him bread from other prisoners in return