This documentary is free to attend and open to the entire community.
Through intimate interviews and live performances, They Played for Their Lives artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young musicians. Playing music in the ghettos and concentration camps not only fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others, but often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. The documentary follows the personal narratives of eight survivors. At the end of the war their lives unfold in surprising ways, yet music remains at the core of their memory and legacy.
This program has been generously underwritten by Mary & Larry Trachtenberg.