I Will Not Die
Fifteen thousand children passed through the gates of the Terezin camp in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. Only one hundred survived. While in the camp, some of the children wrote about their experiences – some of their writings survived and were published, including this poem: The World’s abloom and seems to smile, I want to fly, but where, how high? If in barbed wire things can bloom, Why couldn’t I – I Will Not Die. These works inspired Canadian violinist Ruth Fazal to compose Oratorio Terezin for orchestra and adult and child choirs. This remarkable film follows the three-year process that led to the creation of this work that changed the lives of all the participants. From the auditions and premiere performance in Toronto to the grand venues in Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Brno and Israel, I WILL NOT DIE pays tribute to those who perished and offers an affirmation of hope.