Making Light In Terezin
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If you have ever been touched, or had your life changed, by a song, film, book or performance, you inherently understand the transformative power of the arts. This documentary film reveals the true story of how, in WWII’s darkest days, prisoners in the Terezin ghetto (outside of Prague) made light and found a mechanism for survival through theater, song, dance and laughter… Making Light in Terezin follows a modern day Minnesota theater group as they travel to Terezin to perform a cabaret piece originally created and enacted there during WWII. Weaving together interviews with performers, Holocaust survivors and scholars discussing Jewish humor, Jewish history and more, it tells a story not only of survival but also the triumph of a culture, artistic expression, and the human spirit. "Making Light in Terezin" celebrates the indomitable creative spirit that was alive—and helped save lives—in 1943.
The film was written, produced and directed by Richard Krevolin and features interviews of Rabbi Irwin Kula, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jake Ehrenreich, Pavel Stransky, Lisa Peschel and others.
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Al P. Connecticut
Making Light in Terezin tells the story of the discovery of the script and chronicles the 2012 performance at Terezin, and features interviews with Terezin survivors and scholars which greatly enrich the film. The documentary explores many powerful themes, such as the ways in which creativity and laughter foster hope, how incredibly resilient the human spirit can be, and how in pursuing their art, the prisoners of Terezin ultimately performed a heroic act of resistance against the Nazis. I highly recommend watching the documentary Making Light in Terezin to see the production of the cabaret, to hear the stories of Terezin survivors and to learn more of how theater and humor helped many prisoners to cope and endure in Terezin.