Tour Personnel and Groups

Veretski Pass, Klezmer Trio

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Klezmer Trio Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers around the world. During The 10 Stars Tour, the trio will play selections from original arrangements of Bohemian and Moravian Jewish melodies, which originate from the regions nearby the restored synagogues. From historic Hasidic nigunim (songs without words) to plaintive melodies borrowed and transformed from local musicians before WWII, these arrangements are being created specifically for this tour and will be heard for the first time in each of the restored synagogues we will visit.

David Kraus, Guide

Our guide, David Kraus, is a historian by education, and a long-time Jewish activist, researcher and tour leader. His approach to sightseeing combines a fact-based approach with a nuanced understanding of yiddishkeit (the Jewish way of life) and he will help us explore and enjoy Prague, and the other regions and landmarks of the Czech Republic, through multiple lenses. David comes from a very old Prague Jewish family. By the 16th century, his ancestors were already living Prague’s famous Jewish Quarter and David’s grandfather, František, was one of the leading Czech intellectuals before the Holocaust, stemming from the so-called Kafka Circle.

The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities

Now in its seventh year, The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities, presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation, is an annual series of events to honor the creative activities of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during WWII. It is named for Terezín inmate, Rafael Schächter, a young, talented Jewish conductor, who chose to confront evil by organizing and training a choir made up of fellow prisoners to perform the monumental Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi. This tour is being presented as part of the 2017 Schächter Institute and will be accompanied by members of the Foundation staff including President and Creative Director, Murry Sidlin.

The Defiant Requiem Foundation

The Defiant Requiem Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in Washington, DC. Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.