Brundibar Revisited

Sunday, October 11
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Temple Sinai
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Douglas Wolfsperger
Genre: Documentary
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Year: 2014
Running Time: 85 min
Language: German with English subtitles


The children’s opera Brundibar was performed over 50 times between 1943 and 1944 by Jewish children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. An allegory of the struggle against evil, these performances were exploited as propaganda by the Nazis. Later, most of these children were sent to Auschwitz and Treblinka.

BRUNDIBAR REVISITED is the touching story of Hans Krása’s famous opera as reinterpreted by the contemporary Berlin-based youth theater group, Die Zwiefachen. Kids of various ages and ethnic backgrounds, living on the fringes of society, make up this ragtag group of amateur actors. While rehearsing Brundibar, they are confronted, many for the first time, with the legacy of Nazi Germany. Interviewed about what it means to be a young 21st century German in a country with such a complex and tumultuous past, they are encouraged to explore their feelings even further after spending time with the charismatic Greta Klingsberg, a Holocaust survivor who had been cast as the lead actor in the original production of Brundibar decades earlier. BRUNDIBAR REVISITED exemplifies the notion that “we must never forget” and demonstrates how important it is to document the experience of survivors while they are still among us.

Post-film discussion led by Sara Wenger, Poetry MFA Candidate at Arcadia University, member of Temple Sinai Sisterhood, recently retired professional and youth workshop leader for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia

Community Partner: Temple Sinai, Ambler Theater, Beth David Reform Congregation, and Gratz College