Teaching Defiant Requiem


Teach the story of Jewish prisoners of the Nazis
who used music to defy their oppressors,
find courage 
and sustain hope.


How and why did a group of Jews in Terezín Ghetto learn to sing Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in the original Latin? What did it mean to them and what does it mean for us? This is the story of Defiant Requiem. The 45-minute documentary film is designed for classroom use and accompanying modules provide lessons adapted to a variety of disciplines.

Explore four different modules for teaching Defiant Requiem in Social Studies/World History, English Language Arts, Music and Art.

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