Verdi's Requiem Revived as WWII Tribute

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Sources: United States Holocaust Museum, Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv

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Murry Sidlin, the dean of the school of music at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., stands in front of an image of Rafael Schachter, who taught Verdi's Requiem to hundreds of fellow prisoners at Terezin. Catholic University hide caption

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Murry Sidlin and photo of Rafael Schachter

Murry Sidlin, the dean of the school of music at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., stands in front of an image of Rafael Schachter, who taught Verdi's Requiem to hundreds of fellow prisoners at Terezin.

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During WWII, hundreds of prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia performed Verdi's Requiem as a way to passively defy their Nazi captors. On Sunday, American musicians performed the same requiem in the former Nazi camp as a tribute to Terezin's victims and survivors.

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