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Bangor Maine

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Defiant Requiem

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


On October 29, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., there will be a free program at Minsky Auditorium at the University of Maine, including the award-winning feature length documentary film Defiant Requiem.  There will be commentary by Maestro Murry Sidlin, whose concert / multimedia creation “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin,” inspired the making of the film. After an intermission, there will be a short concert by U M Professor Phillip Silver and Maureen Silver of music composed by prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp.

The film tells the story of brave acts of defiance and resistance against the Nazis by Jewish prisoners at Terezin during World War II. It highlights the work of prisoner Rafael Schacter, a Czech opera and choral conductor, who taught 150 prisoners to perform Verdi’s Requiem, to help them sustain hope and courage through great music, after grueling days of forced labor. The Latin liturgy of Verdi’s requiem talks about God’s ultimate judgment of the wicked, which allowed the prisoners to sing to the Nazis what they dared not say.



To reserve a seat at Minsky Auditorium, call the office of Congregation Beth Israel at 945-3433 or Congregation Beth El at 945-4578, and give your name. After September 27, you can email your name to

The program is sponsored by the three Jewish congregations in Bangor and by a grant from the Jewish Community Endowment Associates.


October 29
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Minsky Auditorium
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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