Ela Weissberger, 83, who as a child was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, will speak in Huntsville tonight, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Her talk tonight will be held at Temple B nai Sholom, at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Street just east of downtown town Huntsville. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. She will also speak Friday at Saturday at the .
Weissberger will share stories of the years that she, her sister and her mother were held in Theresienstadt, the camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, where Nazis shipped many artists, musicians, children and the elderly during World War II. It was one of the few camps that the Nazis would open to International Red Cross Inspectors. In advance of such visits, Nazis would have ordered prisoners to perform concerts as a way to prove they were being treated well. One of the concerts, which was performed 55 times in the camp, was the children s opera, Brundibar, a thinly disguised fable in which powerless animals and children are able to get the better of the town bully, a stand-in for the Nazis. Weissberger played the part of Cat in those performances.
The Nazis filmed the final performance, near the end of World War II, and then sent most of the musicians and performers on to Auschwitz, where nearly all of them were executed. Now, Weissberger is the sole living survivor of the original Brundibar cast.
Weissberger is traveling to Huntsville as the special guest at the performances this weekend of Brundibar. The short opera will be performed by children and adults of on Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m., at , 1306 Cannstatt Drive in Huntsville.
Weissberger will also be making some stops at a few Huntsville area schools on Friday.
More information about the performance of Brundibar during the Friday and Saturday presentations of Voices from Terezin is posted at .
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