Conductor Murry Sidlin's persistence in telling the amazing story of DEFIANT REQUIEM is having a world wide impact. Here’s a letter recently received:
I live in Scotland and recently watched The Defiant Requiem on the BBC which I found very emotional. My mother and her twin sister arrived in England on one of Nicholas Winton’s kinder transports in 1939. Sadly, both my grandparents and many of my extended family members were taken to Terezin and I believe both my grandparents perished in Auschwitz. My grandfather, Otto Flusser, had worked before the war in the German Opera House (now the State Opera House) in Prague. I sadly know very little of my family history as my mother was only eleven when she left Prague. However, I believe that my maternal grandmother’s cousin is Jan Rocek who I was so surprised to see contributing to the programme and wondered if it would be at all possible for you to pass my details to him as I would obviously dearly love to make contact. Thank you for any help you can provide and also a heartfelt thank you for making such a deeply moving programme, so important for my children and future generations.
The Defiant Requiem Foundation made the connection and reported:
They have now corresponded and are in fact, related to each other. The woman in the UK just wrote me the email below. It gave me chills. Wow!
My sister, brother and I grew up believing that we had lost all our maternal relations and that we would perhaps never learn what had actually happened to each of them. It is wonderful to discover that Jan survived and that there is a whole family in America who are blood relatives, and we can hopefully now look forward to getting to know them all.
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