by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-01-18
A rare performance of an opera that was written in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Terezin, Czech Republic during World War II is to be performed to students in the Hertfordshire area on Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27th.
The Emperor of Atlantis was composed by Viktor Ullman and is based on the horrors of Nazi concentration camps.
Ullman was sent to Theresienstadt from his home in Prague in the autumn of 1942 and was there until being put on a train to Auschwitz in October 1944 where he was killed.
Eventually in 1975, the opera made it debut and is recognised for its contribution to seeking to understand how people were treated under the Nazi regime.
This one-off performance will be staged at the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire with a talk by Holocaust survivor Stephen Frank revealing his experience of being in Theresienstadt.