NET Television’s “Remembered Voices” Crosses Generations, Races and Religions

News Release Date: 
November 6, 2013

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For Immediate Release

NET Television’s “Remembered Voices” Crosses Generations, Races and Religions

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 16, 2013) -- History, hope, shared humanity and the healing power of art. These are the lessons Omaha students experience in the new NET Television documentary “Remembered Voices,” premiering Monday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. CT on NET1.

Few moments in history carry more emotion than the Holocaust. And yet, there is a way to look for hope in the destruction. “Remembered Voices” explores how art and culture at the WWII/Nazi-era Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) teach an important lesson about the human spirit today.

During World War II, Terezin, a concentration camp for those on their way to certain death at Auschwitz, was lauded by the Germans as a “model” camp -- an example of a Nazi-designed Jewish ghetto. A German propaganda film about the camp portrayed Europe’s celebrated Jewish artists, war heroes, elderly and children all living comfortably within the walls of the former fortress. In reality, more than 150,000 Jews shared overcrowded spaces with lice, fleas and vermin, and suffered from disease, starvation, exposure and exhaustion.

 

And yet, within these walls, a cultural life flourished. Concerts and lectures were held, both in secret and in the open. Art was painted. Music was composed. And, we wonder what gave the prisoners of Terezin the fire to create within an environment scarred by so much loss and inhumanity?

 

“We were inspired by the artistic and educational efforts of the Omaha partners, the enthusiasm and creativity of the students and the strong historical voices from Terezin. The NET production team was challenged to link them all within a compelling hour-long program. I’m proud to say that they’ve created an exceptional documentary,” said David Feingold, executive producer and NET assistant general manager for content.

 

Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, the new NET Television documentary follows Omaha students as they first encounter Terezin voices from the past within an art and music infused workshop led by artists, musicians and educators – all partners from Omaha’s Institute for Holocaust Education, the Omaha Symphony and the Terezin Music Foundation. Weaving together history, archival film and Terezin survivor interviews with these modern day writing, art and music lessons, the documentary forms a compelling look at how voices from the past transform us today.

“This program is a testament to the incredible strength that comes from non-profit organizations of different disciplines working together. We were privileged to create this program to benefit Omaha’s youth, and thrilled that NET decided to document the program and hopefully inspire others,” said Liz Feldstern, executive director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha.

 “Remembered Voices” includes art created by children at Terezin; the Omaha students relating their life experiences and painting their own images of understanding; the Omaha Public School Remembrance Choir singing a commissioned work that gives meaning to the horror; and the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Boston-based Hawthorne String Quartet premiering “Voices,” an orchestral piece inspired by the artists of Terezin.

“’Remembered Voices’ is a deeply moving and ultimately uplifting film that celebrates the triumph of the creative spirit in the face of adversity,” said James M. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Omaha Symphony. “We are proud to have partnered with the Institute for Holocaust Education to bring about the residency of the Hawthorne String Quartet profiled in the film. To see children from Omaha find a connection with those who rose above their oppression decades ago in a place thousands of miles away is exactly why the Omaha Symphony and Music Director Thomas Wilkins became inspired to be part of this project.”

“Remembered Voices” repeats on NET2 World Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. CT and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. CT. It repeats on NET1 Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m. CT.

Major funding for the production of “Remembered Voices” is provided by the Slosburg Family Charitable Trust, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Humanities Nebraska, the Leonard Goldstein Trust and Richard D. Holland. Additional funding was provided, in part, by Henry A. Davis, Art and Chris Zygielbaum and the NET Foundation for Television.

NET1 and NET2 World are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For more information about NET programming, visit netNebraska.org and click on television.

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Release written by: Kim Rogers, 402-472-9333, ext. 512, or e-mail krogers@netNebraska.org

Program contact: David Feingold, 402-472-9333, ext. 440, or e-mail dfeingold@netNebraska.org

NET Television:

NET1 is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming. NET2 World offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; and NET3 Create is a 24-hour channel featuring the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series.