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The Art and History of Terezín

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Nazi transition camp Terezín, northwest of Prague, was billed as an "art camp" where Jewish artists enjoyed a creative home. But the camp's history as a tool for Nazi propaganda has overshadowed the real artistic achievements that came out of Terezín. Artist and author Zdenka Fantlová is a survivor of the camp - she joins us to talk about her memories. And filmmaker Simon Broughton talks about the history of the music written there, explored in his 1992 film "The Music of Terezín."

Throughout the next two weeks, the 92nd St. Y presents a multi-disciplinary exploration into the culture of Terezín, including a screening of Simon Broughton's film "The Music of Terezín" on Jan. 21 at 6 pm. For more information about the series, click here.


Simon Broughton and Zdenka Fantlová

Comments [4]

MP from Brooklyn

I only just tuned in, and I don't know if someone has mentioned him already, but the topic reminded me of Messiaen's haunting "Quartet for the End of Time."

Jan. 18 2012 02:52 PM
Kay from Brooklyn

I only caught the end of this show today, but immediately what came to mind was Jorge Semprun's "Literature or Life" - those captivated by this segment will likely be moved by this book as well.

Jan. 18 2012 02:40 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph..D. from Brooklyn

Did the inmates know their fate? What does Ms. Fantlova think of the Jewish governance in the camp. Collaborators? Doing their best under impossible circumstances?...

Jan. 18 2012 02:33 PM
Greg from Toronto

heard about the topic today, thought the audience may be interested in a documentary we distribute on Terezin - Resistance and Survival:

On youtube:

On vudu:!content/191833/Terezin-Resistance-and-Revival

Jan. 18 2012 01:50 PM

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