We Left The Camps Singing

It is estimated that more than 150.000 Czech Jews were deported to Theresienstadt during the second world war. The majority of them were then deported to the extermination camps in eastern Europe, mainly Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Funded by the Blue Card Organisation, 'We left the camp singing' is a documentary by New Take Films Italian pianist Sofia Tapinassi. The documentary explores the story of musical activities in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, a unique camp located in Czechoslovakia, where the presence of a great number of talented artists, musicians and composers encouraged cultural life to flourish despite the desperate living conditions of the inmates.

Sofia started her research about two years ago, when she discovered the piano compositions written in the camp. As she became more and more fascinated by the stories of the artists and musicians who were prisoners there, and with the hope of meeting one of the last Theresienstadt survivors, she began traveling across Europe to research and to interview Holocaust witnesses and their relatives.

The meeting with Zdenka Fantlova, who debuted as an actress in Theresienstadt, inspired us to produce the documentary named “We left the camp singing”. The films aims to be reflection of the spiritual resistance of the inmates who found freedom in Art, Theatre and Music.

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