In the Footsteps of Horror: A Screening and Concert
On Thursday, January 30th, the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich (JCOM) will perform alongside a screening of Alain Resnais’s "Nacht und Nebel" (Night and Fog) at the Volksbühne Berlin. This shocking film, which premiered in 1956, was one of the first documentaries about the concentration camps. To date, its images of barbed wire, deserted green landscapes, and a decaying Auschwitz have lost none of their intensity.
The orchestra will play the original version of the film’s music, which was composed by Jewish composer Hanns Eisle. A German adaptation of a text by concentration camp survivor Jean Cayrol, translated by Paul Celan, will also be recited on stage by the actor Theo Trebs.
Introducing the film, Daniel Grossmann, artistic director of JCOM, will talk with psychotherapist Dr. Eva Umlauf. Dr. Umlauf survived Auschwitz as a two-year-old and now focuses on the transmission of trauma.
"The basic idea behind the orchestra has always been to understand Jewish culture as a natural part of society and to make it visible, audible and tangible for all and everyone," says Grossmann.
This presentation of "Nacht und Nebel" commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. WM