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We Left the Camp singing

17/05/2022 at 6 pm

Presentation of Sofia Tapinassi’s documentary on music in Terezín.

Tuesday 17 May at 6.00 pm

the Museum is pleased to host the Viktor Ullmann Festival, now in its 9th edition:

first screening of the documentary film

We Left the Camp Singing

produced and directed by Sofia Tapinassi and James Joel Dann.

“We Left the Camp Singing” is a multidisciplinary project that, through a documentary and musical performances, tells the story of Sofia Tapinassi, a young pianist who has researched music and memories from Theresienstadt, a camp in which numerous Jewish musicians and artists were interned during the Second World War.

The documentary follows Sofia on a path marked by touching encounters with some ghetto survivors such as Zdenka Fantlova, Inge Auerbacher and Michael Gruenbaum, deported to Theresienstadt at the age of 17, 7 and 12 respectively.

Their testimonies, together with the music written by the composers of the ghetto and performed on the piano by Sofia, tell of how music was a presence of fundamental importance in the life of the prisoners, both for those who played or composed and for those who were part of the public.

Among the best known composers such as Gideon Klein, Hans Krása, Pavel Haas and Viktor Ullmann, the particular story of the composer Hans Winterberg emerges, whose music has recently been rediscovered thanks to the important contribution of his nephew Peter Kreitmeir, also interviewed by Sofia.

The film thus aims to address the theme of memory through a different perspective than the usual one, that of a musician who finds some still current themes in the musical story of Theresienstadt, first of all music as a source of humanity and union within a community.

For more information, visit the project website: https://www.weleftthecampsinging.com/

We are waiting for you in via del Monte 7!

The use of the FFP2 mask is recommended.