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Through the life of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezin) in 1941, educators will gain understanding of a unique chapter in Holocaust history, when prisoners used music and the arts to sustain their spirits and resist the oppression of the Nazis. For over ten years, conductor Murry Sidlin has dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations and evocative animation, Defiant Requiem brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life.


Lesson 1: Music and Music History | Verdi and His Requiem
Lesson 2: World History (European History) | The Jewish Community of Prague
Lesson 3: Film Viewing Lesson | The Viewer-Response Journal
Lesson 4: World History (European History) | Terezin
Lesson 5: Psychology | Art and Suffering
Lesson 6: Political Science (Government) | Propaganda
Lesson 7: Visual Literacy | Cinematic Collage
Lesson 8: English Language Arts | Writing a Film Review


In addition to our curriculum, Journeys in Film is honored to connect our work in the field of Holocaust education to IWitness, an extensive educational website developed by USC Shoah Foundation and the Institute for Visual History and Education. The archive provides access to more than 1,500 testimonies of survivors and witnesses to global genocides for guided exploration. We encourage educators and their students to use these resources for multimedia learning activities.

Educators are invited to create a free IWitness account at the USC Shoah Foundation website to access testimonies relevant to Terezin. After reviewing the four clip compilations, we encourage you to refer to the Essential Questions of each Journeys in Film lesson for inspiration in choosing which videos may be pertinent to a specific lesson.

1. Visit IWitness.USC.Edu to create a free educators account.

2. Access the Defiant Requiem page linked in the video summaries here.


Defiant Requiem - Curriculum Guide (Czech Republic)