Jacqueline Semha Gmach

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Honorary Guests:  Dr. Stephen D. Smith and Mr. Peter Yarrow
In those days, music notes were silent. On this day, the music will be heard.
In those days, drawings were hidden and invisible. On this day they will be seen.
In those days, literature was voiceless. On this day, life stories, words, and poetry will be heard.

Music scores, painting, drawings, and literature were kept secret from the Nazis,
and all perpetrators. They were inscribed on any kind of material, of any size,
and of any shape.

They were hidden, but NOT LOST.

Implement the project with music, visual arts, and literature created in Terezin or other camps, such as Auschwitz.

  • Identify Music created in Terezin – Pavel Haas, Victor Kohn, Zikmund Schul, Viktor Ullman, Gideon Klein and others.
  • Identify Visual Arts created in Terezin – David Olère, Frederika “Friedel” Dicker-Brandeis,  Bedrich Fritta, Otto Ungar, Leo Haas, children drawings and others.
  • Identify Literature created in Terezin -The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann, Fear by Eva Pickovà…
  • Music composed in camps
  • Projection of images and readings 
  • Creation of butterflies, as per the Butterfly Project, during the intermission. A thank you to be addressed by the second/third/fourth generations to the audience for their participation
  • Panel discussion with the conductor and musicologists
  • Others

Tentative Frame: A musical performance, an educational approach to a panel discussion and event ending by a question and answer session. Participation of “The Butterfly Project.”

  • Session 1 - To be developed for High School students
  • Session 2 – To be developed for Hillel Students
  • Session 3 – To be developed for Visual Arts audiences
  • Session 4 – To be devoped for Literature audiences
  • Session 6 – Fim Screening – Terezin, l’imposture nazie, by Chochana Boukhobza. With the creative process of animation applied to the children drawings, the tragedy of Terezin is brought to life. (Trailer link to come.)

MAGINING A BETTER WORLD, The Nelly Toll Story, is a testament to the human will to survive, the love between a mother and her child and the immense saving power of the imagination. Through art, a better world can emerge. 
“When you’re fighting for your life and your basic human needs, creating art is
 not just an escape, it’s an active choice of defiance.”

Through poetry, song and personal reflections, participants in the March of the Living strengthen their Jewish identity by sharing in unforgettable moments in Jewish history and bearing witness to the undying spirit of the Jewish people.
The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland (Holocaust Memorial Day)and Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Ha’zikaron).