Date: Thursday, 1/27
Age Group: Teens & Adults
Program Format: Library Auditorium
Description: Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Rev. Rick Sivers will share the history the Terezin concentration camp, the talented artists imprisoned there, and the art they created to transcend Nazi oppression. The Terezin concentration camp held several musicians, artists and writers who continued to compose, create, and write as a remedy to their suffering. But that art was eventually co-opted by the Nazis as propaganda to showcase concentration camps as cultural hubs where Jews were “flourishing.”
Rev. Sivers became friends with two Holocaust survivors whose life work was to collect artwork from the Terezin camp. He met them while serving as president of the Oswego Opera Theater Board of Directors, during the year when the Theater presented the most famous piece to come from Terezin, Hans Krasa’s “Brundibar.” This children’s opera was performed at Terezin in 1944 for the Red Cross during an inspection of the camp. Rev. Sivers’ presentation will include photos and a talk about the history of Terezin and its surviving art.
Instructor: Rev. Rick Sivers a United Methodist minister, retired in 2014 after nearly 40 years of active service in local churches across New York State. Born and raised in Oswego, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario, he is a playwright, storyteller and community leader having held posts in food pantries, local volunteer fire departments; was president of the Corning Meals-on-Wheels, the Oswego Opera Theater, the Oswego County Historical Society and the Oswego Players, a community theater organization. His plays have been produced and seen in many locations, including Philadelphia with the Old Academy Players.
Registration: Online registration requested. Space is limited. Click here to register.