They Played for Their Lives Discussion - Shared screen with speaker view
Has anyone seen any egg matzo in Durham/Chapel Hill?
Lana Dennis (she/her)
Yom HaShoah Commemoration http://calendar.jewishforgood.org/jewishforgood/detail/528/1618171200000
Feel free to send me your questions to ask our panelists.
Lana will email everyone a list of additional reading and films to watch after the program.
Can you address how this film’s message is relevant to today’s trauma victims?
I am a middle school teacher and appreciate Ms. Berger’s relation to the last year and the pandemic and how music has helped many. I plan on helping my students to make this connection when we start back to school in 2 weeks.
The word, "enchantment" derives from earlier words for singing. This reflects the fact that music is, as Dr. Berger said, magic.
How powerful is it that Brundibar is performed with German youth and Israeli youth? This, to me, is so healing. Any comments?
Harold and Susan Kudler
Not being very musical, I do know that I associate memories with songs that were playing at the time. I would be interested to know if these survivors were not able to play certain pieces due to the memories linked to it? Or were they able to play those pieces and make new memories?
“Music is the language of survival” - Hellmuth
A documentary was also made about Alice, called the Lady in No. 6 I highly recommend it, too.
“Temporarily we did not know where we where. You could think you were out of here” - Anita
Harold and Susan Kudler
The pediatrician and child psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, who provided more than 50 programs for British mothers during the Blitz attacks on London during WWII, spoke of music as "a transitional object" meaning that, given that our relationship with music often begins during our childhood- and may be first experienced between a child and its parents, it can, over the course of a life, serve to fill the space between self and others. And given that music is something you can play, compose, and experience in your own mind, it offers a means to reconstruct the relationship between your internal world and the external world at times of stress and trauma.
Does anyone here personally shun Wagner’s music? Hard to enjoy, no matter how beautiful, given his Jew-hatred.
In the movie, Victor talked about how the Nazi judge let him go after he escaped because he was a violinist and Victor thought that there must of have been something in him who loved music; Hellmuth said that his sadistic guard gave him chocolate and left him a lone after he heard him whistle during the concert for the visiting Nazi dignitaries and Hellmuth thought his performance earned his guard’s respect. What do you think of the power of the Jewish musicians to even reach the Nazis?
Wow! What’s the name of the novel, please?
Howard Reich's books--two of them anyway: "The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel" and "Prisoner of Her Past: A Son's Memoir."
Peter Stein's bok "A Boy's Journey: From Nazi-Occupied Prague to Freedom in America"
Check our Dorita Berger's Facebook page too