Free Film – Creating Harmony: The Displaced Persons’ Orchestra from St. Ottilien

October 6, 2016
7 p.m.
The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus

This documentary explores the history of the Ex-Concentration Camp Orchestra through photographs, archival footage, concert programs and interviews with participants, audience members and witnesses.

The film will be introduced by principal producer Dr. John J. Michalczyk, professor/co-director of film studies and current chair of the Fine Arts Department at Boston College.

Creating Harmony is offered in conjunction with MCHE’s Return to Life Concert.


Professional Jewish musicians, adept at chamber music, jazz, cabaret and classical music, often played during the Holocaust whether it was for Nazi entertainment, ridicule or to keep hope alive and soothe their own despair. In conjunction with its Return to Life Concert on November 6, MCHE presents Music in Hell, on loan from the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College in New York. Through wall panel images both poignant and disturbing, Music in Hell examines the wide scope of musical activities that existed before, during and after the Holocaust, illustrating the indomitable will of Holocaust victims.On display at the Jewish Community Campus September 20 through November 27, Music in Hell may be viewed during regular Campus operating hours.


Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive

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