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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.


Flexible modules
Adapted to multiple disciplines
Aligned with Common Core

Teaching Defiant Requiem

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

Explore links to learn more about Defiant Requiem and the Terezín ghetto

The Defiant Requiem Foundation

Learn more about the foundation and its programs

Documentary film

Watch Defiant Requiem on Vimeo (Password: "survivingevil")

Map of Terezín

Explore the Terezín ghetto through an interactive map

Survivor stories

Read the stories of Holocaust survivors