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But anyway, I still believe I only sleep today,
That I'll wake up, a child again, and start to laugh and play.

Hanus Hachenburg was 13 when he was deported to Terezin. Whilst in the ghetto, he produced a wealth of extraordinary poetry. His voice was silenced in Auschwitz in July 1944.

Hackney Music Development Trust’s Hear Our Voice is a unique music education project, which uses the arts to increase young people's awareness and understanding of the dangers of prejudice and persecution and express their own feelings towards current issues of racial hatred and intolerance, culminating in performances of an inspiring new music theatre piece comprising poems, diaries and letters written by children during the Holocaust.


Hackney Music Development Trust (London) in partnership with the Internationales Kammermusik Festival (Nürnberg) and the Jewish Museum (Prague) will work with students in all three cities to develop the project in English, German and Czech and perform this important new work with the Fürth Streichhölzer Youth Orchestra under the baton of international conductor Peter Selwyn.

Giving life to this moving artistic response to the Holocaust are British composers Jonathan Dove and Matthew King, director Clare Whistler, and award winning Czech film maker Marta Hruba, who will work with students to develop Tertia Sefton-Green's powerful libretto into an uplifting drama in which young people of the present give voice to the words of children whose voices were prematurely silenced – children of the Holocaust.


The project is in three phases

1. Innovative Schools’ Work
Newly designed teachers’ materials will use literature, music, art and drama to introduce the subject matter through the arts and provide sustainable resources for long-term use. Students will visit relevant historic heritage sites and museums, and meet with Holocaust survivors.

2. Creative Workshops
Artists will lead workshops in each country to develop students’ creative responses to the libretto, enabling them to develop a range of skills and techniques in the areas of composition, vocal and dramatic interpretation, instrumental work, visual arts and film making.

3. Performances and Tour
Composers Jonathan Dove and Matthew King will incorporate musical ideas developed by the students into a finished fully-scored music-theatre piece, thereby ensuring the new work is both of the highest artistic quality and a response of today’s students to words written by children who lived through the experiences of the Holocaust. An international tour involving students from each of the countries, will premiere in London in July 2006 and travel to each country, accompanied by an exhibition of their written responses and artwork.






Teaching the Holocaust Through the Arts

Image: Bruce Eisenberg

Hear Our Voice: Teaching the Holocaust Through the Arts examines the subject through the eyes of the children who experienced it, offering today’s young people a chance to empathise with the emotions of those who suffered and understand these historical events from a personal point of view. As a great tragedy of human conflict and a demonstration of prejudice and persecution unequalled in modern times, The Holocaust remains one of the most important historical lessons young people can study. This resource aims to confront the complexity and controversies of this subject, which is often omitted from the school curriculum, by offering a direct route to understanding through the arts and the experiences and activities of the Hear Our Voice project. Through the Hear Our Voice Pack, you will follow the experiences shared by over 500 young people from three countries during the project’s development and its culmination in 2006. It includes a Teachers’ Pack of resources and activities, which formed the introductory phase of the project and was produced as a legacy for teachers to introduce The Holocaust into their classroom work in an innovative and creative way, using the arts as a teaching tool.PHOTO Pack2Each Hear Our Voice Pack includes:

Each Hear Our Voice Pack includes:

> A full colour 36 page Teachers’ Pack – Teaching the Holocaust Through the Arts, divided into art, literature and music lesson plans and activities including a comprehensive reading list and CD for classroom use, illustrated with examples from the Hear Our Voice project and archival photos. This excellent resource enables teachers to introduce and develop students’ understanding and awareness of the Holocaust from the unique perspective of young people’s experiences, encouraging them to empathise and respond accordingly. The pack is suited to Year 6 plus and offers a cross-curricular approach to this historical subject as well as offering a broader approach to the issues of prejudice and racism.

> A deluxe heavy card folder featuring a full colour photographic overview of the Hear Our Voice project;

> A two disc DVD set of the premiere performance and a documentary about the making of the Hear Our Voice project;

> A full colour 68 page performance programme featuring articles by the artistic team, and the full libretto of Hear Our Voice, in three languages (English, German and Czech).

Due to the nature of the Hear Our Voice project, the Pack is sold at the cost price of £20 to teachers and educational institutions ONLY.

Online purchase available soon!



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