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The Camp at Terezín

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

During World War II, the transition camp at Terezín was a vital, creative haven for Jewish artists of all kinds. At least, that’s the story the Nazis told to the world. The reality was far darker. On this special edition of Soundcheck, we hear a survivor’s memories of the so-called “art camp” – which really did produce some enduring music and art. And The Nash Ensemble from England will play some of the music created in the camp at Terezín.

The Art and History of Terezín

The Nazi transition camp Terezín, northwest of Prague, was billed as an "art camp" where Jewish artists enjoyed a creative home. But the camp's history as a tool for Nazi propaganda has overshadowed the real artistic achievements that came out of Terezín. Artist and author Zdenka Fantlová is a survivor of the camp - she joins us to talk about her memories. And filmmaker Simon Broughton talks about the history of the music written there, explored in his 1992 film "The Music of Terezín."

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In Studio: The Nash Ensemble

Composers such as Viktor Ullmann and Hans Krása wrote memorable pieces of music while living in the Terezín ghetto, and the 92nd Street Y's series honoring Terezín artists is anchored by performances of these works. The British chamber group the Nash Ensemble plays the music of Terezín live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Playlist: The Camp at Terezín

Click through for today's playlist.

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Gig Alert: Jonatha Brooke

Alt-folk singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke and guest musician Dar Williams pay a tribute to Woody Guthrie at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night. Download Brooke's duet with Keb’ Mo’ "All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me."

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