Holocaust survivor attends “Brundibár” Ela Weissberger visits Pacific’s production of children’s opera, the play that she herself performed in during World War II in the concentration camp.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the University held a performance of “Brundibár,” a children’s opera, at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. The opera was originally performed at the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Hans Krása, a Jewish Czech composer, first penned the play with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister in 1938. In attendance at Pacific’s performance was Ela Weissberger, herself a Holocaust survivor. Born in Czechoslovakia, Weissberger was only 11 years old when her family was forced to relocate to a Jewish ghetto in Terezin, near Prague.
The play was performed a total of 55 times at the concentration camp. Weissberger also performed in the opera herself during this performance. The opera focuses on the struggles of a family under tyranny and emphasizes the transformative abilities of art.