This documentary film explores the impact of Hans Kràsa’s children’s opera, “Brundibar”, which was performed more than 50 times between 1943 and 1944 by Jewish children in the Terezin/Theresienstadt ghetto. The simple story of the struggle against evil was abused by the Nazis as a propaganda tool and was used for by those imprisoned in the camps to symbolise the victory of good over evil.
At the heart of this documentary is a performance of ‘’Brundibar’’ by a Berlin-based youth theatre group, the Zwiefachen. The members of the group are young people from different ethnic backgrounds who live on the fringes of society.
They travel to Terezin/Theresienstadt to learn about the terrors of the Third Reich, and the conditions in which the opera played such a crucial role. The group is accompanied by Greta Klingsberg, a charismatic elderly lady from Israel and one of the few survivors of the original cast of Brundibar. She takes the young Germans on a trip back in time and, slowly, they start questioning their attitudes and apathy towards German history.
90 mins/ German, Czech
Director — Douglas Wolfsperger