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May 21, 2017
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Ticket Price:
$13 in advance or $15 at the door

6:20 p.m.

Landmark Theater Bethesda Row
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814


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Washington Jewish Film Festival:
Zuzana–Music is Life
A still image of Zuzana Ruzickova from the film. <i>Courtesy of Harriet Getzels</i>
A still image of Zuzana Ruzickova from the film. Courtesy of Harriet Getzels

Synopsis of Zuzana: Music is Life

The triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and 40 years of communist persecution. Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she fulfilled her childhood dream of a career in music, but also in how she navigated a lifetime of political and antisemitic persecution, never letting go of her belief that Bach’s music transcended human suffering. Dispatched by the communists to perform in hundreds of concerts and competitions, Zuzana became a tour-de-force abroad and a source of foreign currency for the regime at home. She is the only person to have recorded Bach’s entire keyboard works, which were released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Zuzana’s story transcends the personal, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during Europe’s turbulent 20th century.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Harriet Gordon Getzels and Peter Getzels, moderated by Bret Werb, music curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918 after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian state at the end of World War I. It included the Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, Slovakia, the province of Subcarpathian Rus (Transcarpathian Ukraine), and portions of Austrian Silesia.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Bergen-Belsen
German military authorities established the Bergen-Belsen camp in 1940. It was in a location south of the small towns of Bergen and Belsen, about 11 miles north of Celle, Germany.
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