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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Terezin. Theresienstadt. "Way to Heaven", Stage play

Terezin, Theresienstadt, emerging Arts theme
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The Nazis used Terezin as a kind of stage, on which they set up a sham settlement of happy-looking, well-fed adults and children.
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Petr Ginz was kept at Terezin for several years before being sent to Auschwitz-Berkenaum, to his death.  We do not know if the Red Cross inspections noted here occurred while he was there. Terezin is the Czech name for the German Theresienstadt concentration camp.
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The Nazis used those fake well-being tableaus and scenes to convince Red Cross workers and other inspectors in WWII that the place was benign, with scenes to show how independent and fully functioning this community of the displaced were.
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The play is now in New York City, with alternate evenings offering the performance in Spanish.
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There was also an inmates orchestra, with works from that era now on programs in the United States and elsewhere. See Czech Republic Road Ways. Brundibar and Music of Terezin.

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