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Dominion-Chalmers United Church

355 Cooper Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8

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Remembering Terezín

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In the context of the Holocaust Education Month, the Embassy and Consulates of Germany and the Embassy of Israel in Canada invite you to an evening of music and readings.


Schulich Singers

WORKS BY Ittai Shapira, Michael Spiroff, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Chatman, Jake Runestad, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Roderick Williams

JEAN-SÉBASTIEN VALLÉE Artistic Director

ITTAI SHAPIRA violin

CONSTANZE BECKMANN piano

mcgill.ca/music @schulichmusic

In memory of George Brady and the boys of Terezín

Free admission with registration

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The German Embassy’s Holocaust Commemoration Event 2019 is dedicated to the memory of George Brady, a holocaust-survivor from Czechoslovakia, who died in January of this year at the age of 90.

George Brady was one of about 40 boys aged between 13 and 15 who, under the guidance of a gifted teacher named Valtr Eisinger, founded the imaginary Republic of Škid while being detained in the Theresienstadt Ghetto. In the midst of a life full of deprivation the boys built a state that was democratic and respected human rights. The magazine VEDEM was the newspaper of the Republic and a real bulletin. It was hidden and survived the Holocaust. The teacher Valtr and many of the boys did not: most died in concentration camps and on death marches. George Brady was one of the few boys who survived.

During the last 20 years of his life, George Brady became a famous advocate for Holocaust remembrance and reconciliation between Germans and Jews. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

At our Embassy event on November 10th 2019 at Dominion Chalmers United Church, quotes from George Brady's memories, poems and articles from VEDEM will be recited and the history of the Republic of Skid will be told – as an example of humanity and the survival of ideals in an environment of inhumanity.

In the same spirit, Israeli composer Ittai Shapira’s outstanding work, “The Ethics”, will be performed by an array of internationally recognized musicians. "The Ethics" is a musical picture of the memories of Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp; the piece premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2015. The piece will be performed by German pianist Constanze Beckmann, Ittai Shapira on the violin, McGill University’s renowned Schulich Singers, and singer Ramona Carmelly.

This project was conceived by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany with generous support of the Embassy of Israel.

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