Free Educator Workshop

Defiant Requiem:  Teaching About Art and Music as Resistance During the Holocaust

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 10 am-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline | October 4, 2023

Join the Virginia Holocaust Museum and The Defiant Requiem Foundation for a day of professional development about prisoners in the TerezĂ­n Ghetto during the Holocaust who used arts and music to overcome oppression and sustain hope during the Holocaust.

Participants will view a screening of the award-winning documentary film Defiant Requiem and engage in conversation with The Defiant Requiem Foundation President & Artistic Director Murry Sidlin.

Working with the Foundation's Education Director Alexandra Zapruder, teachers will go in-depth to explore related curriculum resources for teachers of social studies, English, art, and music, and investigate other forms of cultural resistance in contemporary contexts.

Educators will have to opportunity to learn about The Butterfly Project, which is an approach to teaching the Holocaust that is hands on, hopeful and profound, collectively memorializing the 1.5 million children murdered during the Holocaust and honoring the survivors.

About Defiant Requiem Foundation:  The Defiant Requiem Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in Terezín during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities. In refusing to forfeit their humanity, the Terezín prisoners taught a universal lesson about the power of music and art to foster hope and inspiration even in the face of monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death. The Foundation’s main initiatives include its hallmark concert performance, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín; its sister concert, Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer; its Emmy-nominated documentary film, Defiant Requiem; and comprehensive educational materials and programs for middle and high school teachers of social studies, English, music, and art.


FREE Educator Workshop Includes:

  • Breakfast, Coffee & Lunch
  • Educator Resources
  • Certificate of Attendance


Travel Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers 120+ miles from Richmond. Scholarships are to help cover travel, housing, and meals. Please contact Megan Ferenczy to apply.


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