Verein für Völkerverstndigung und Toleranz e.V.

The association

The Association “International Understanding and Tolerance e.V.” wants to set a sign against the forgotten victims of hatred and violence, by partnering with the Holocaust project "Night" (Florida, USA). The project aims to perform the event “The 'Night' Concert” worldwide. The political scientist, Dr. Jerry Glantz, is the initiator and director of the project.

The members of the association are based in Hanover and cooperate with many committed people and supporters. They want to make a contribution with this project, by remembering the victims, but furthermore want to counteract the increasing hatred, indifference, violence and genocide in the world.

The purpose of the association is to support the development of an international attitude towards tolerance, in all areas of culture and international understanding, and to support the remembrance of victims of persecution and violence.

The purpose of the statute is achieved particularly, by holding events to raise awareness within society, regarding the concept of international understanding and tolerance of different cultures and against hatred and exclusion. The association is a non-profit organization.

In the narrative part of the event, "The 'Night' Concert“ shows that initial hatred ultimately leads to genocide. The musical part reflects Jewish prayers, as „the only answer to the Shoah,” says Joseph Ness. He adds, that the connection of something beautiful, such as synagogue music and the terrible experiences of a Holocaust survivor, initially appears problematic from an ethical point of view.

In addition to the destruction by the Shoah, caused by hate, the resurrection of this wonderful, forgotten music should also be shown. Transferred to our time, it means not only to oppose the destructive, but to counteract with good.

The 'Night' Project

"The 'Night' Holocaust Project" wants to keep the memories of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) of the Shoah, alive and bring the poignant music of Leib Glantz (1898-1964), one of the most important cantors and composers of Jewish music, to a larger audience.

The project is a statement against increasing hatred and genocide worldwide.

"The 'Night' Concert“ combines the liturgical synagogal music, by Leib Glantz, in the orchestral version, composed by Maestro Joseph Ness, with excerpts from the book, “Night. Memory and Testimony“, by Elie Wiesel. In his texts, the American-Romanian Holocaust survivor, writer, university professor and publicist, describes the deeply moving and haunting memory of his time as a 15-year-old in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camp.

"The 'Night' Concert" is performed by renowned orchestras, choirs, soloists and actors in the respective country. Performances are held in concert halls, theaters and churches around the world. The libretto is presented in Hebrew. The audience is given a moving, holistic experience. During the performance of the music and exerts, texts and images are projected onto a large screen, which are synchronized with the musical and narrative performance. The texts appear in several languages.

Concert Video

The 'NIGHT' Concert in Hanover, Germany
on January 27, 2020

Opening speeches by Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil and the President Hauke Jagau of the region of Hanover

World premiere in Kaliningrad, Russia
on January 27, 2019

Location: Kaliningrader Cathedral
- former Königsberger Cathedral

World premiere in Kaliningrad, Russia
on January 27, 2019

20-minute short version

The 'NIGHT' Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania
January 29, 2019

Location: St. John's Church in Vilnius

The 'NIGHT' Concert in Hannover, Germany
January 27, 2020

Location: Congress Centrum Hannover (HCC)

Vilnius TV Report the concert project night

Full Interview with Jerry Glantz ...LEIB GLANTZ

Zoom Interview with Dr. Jerry Glantz

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The association wishes to have partners who support our concern to remember the victims of persecution and violence and to counter the growing hatred, indifference, violence and genocide in the world.

"None of us can make as much difference, as we all can do together. One must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim, silence encourages the tormentor, never the Tormented."

- Elie Wiesel

Die Kinder der toten StadtPartnership with the "Children of the Dead City" project

"The Children of the Dead City", the music drama against oblivion, is a music theater piece by Lars Hesse (music) and Thomas Auerswald (book & lyrics). The project was initiated by Dr. Sarah Kass, head of the German Institute for Remembrance Culture and is under the patronage of Iris Berben.

The play tells of the fate of the children imprisoned in Theresienstadt and is based on a true story: in June 1944, a delegation from the International Red Cross visited the ghetto to allow themselves to be deceived by the National Socialists. Everything should have the appearance that Theresienstadt is a "completely normal city". Among other things, the imprisoned composer Hans Krása was ordered to perform his children's opera "Brundibár" in front of the guests. The children involved had hopes that visitors would spot the scam and help them. A fatal mistake! A few months after the performance, everyone who attended the performance was taken to Auschwitz...

The piece has been released as a complete CD recording (with Jade Schulz, Michael Schulte, Iris Berben, Peter Heppner, Willi Hagemeier, Esther Bejarano and the Paderborn Cathedral Choir, among others). It premiered on stage in Frankfurt in 2019. Another production followed in Bad Sassendorf in 2020. The planned performance in Aurich could not be realized due to the lockdown. New school projects for 2024 are being planned. The project is primarily conceived as a variable school theater project. In addition to theater texts and sheet music, extensive information material is available for schools.
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