"DO NOT FORGET ME" is a multi-media concert tribute to artistic creativity and survival
in Terezín, featuring
Ela Stein Weissberger, a survivor who performed in the original Terezín productions of Brundibar.
Ms. Weissberger arrived at Terezin in February 1942 at the age of eleven, with her mother, sister, and grandmother. Of the 15,000 children who passed through Terezín approximately only 100 survived; she is one of them. The young Ela sang the role of the Cat in all fifty-five Terezín performances of Hans Krasa’s children’s opera, Brundibar. At our Gala concert, she will join fellow Terezin survivor Michael Gruenbaum and the Boston Children's Chorus to perform the opera's finale.
“When we sang, we forgot where we were. We forgot hunger, we forgot all the troubles that we had to go through,” Mrs. Weissberger says. “When we sang Brundibar, we didn't have to wear the Jewish star on our clothing. The Nazis didn’t realize that the Victory Song at the opera's end had a double meaning. In our eyes, Brundibar was Hitler. . . . We wanted a victory over a terrible man.” The Nazis used Brundibar for propaganda purposes: Ela was in the performance staged for the International Red Cross delegation in 1944, and she appears in the Nazi film that hid the truth of the camps: The Führer Gives the Jews a City. Mrs. Weissberger has dedicated her life to telling the story of her experiences in Terezín through interviews, appearances, educational programs, and concerts around the world.