The Displaced Persons Orchestra from St. Ottilien
Monday May 7th, 8:00 pm
At the Town Theatre Landsberg am Lech
Admission is free.
The “Displaced Persons Orchestra” was founded in May 1945 in St. Ottilien. Among other things, it performed in the context of the Nuremberg trials. It was the first and most important DP orchestra in the American occupation zone.
The film tells the moving history of the Jewish orchestra from 1945 to 1948. The orchestra played in striped concentration camp uniforms in front of a banner with the inscription “Am Yisroel Chai” (“The people of Israel live”). David Ben Gurion also witnesses the orchestra.
On May 10, 1948 Leonard Bernstein conducts the orchestra at his own request in the DP camp Landsberg. The film is shown for the first time with German subtitles and in a technically prepared version.
The filmmaker John J. Michalczyk, USA, and descendants of the musicians and other contemporary witnesses will be present. Afterwards a discussion with discussion takes place.
The preparation of the film by the association dieKunstBauStelle and the free admission are made possible by a grant from the Hans-Heinrich-Martin-Stiftung.