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Temple Emanuel will host a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring the documentary film “Defiant Requiem,” which tells the story of resistance by Jewish prisoners in the concentration camp Terezín, also known by its German name, Theresienstadt.

“Defiant Requiem” highlights the story of Rafael Schachter, a young, Czech opera-choral conductor who was arrested and sent to the camp in 1941, where he recruited 150 prisoners, teaching them the “Verdi Requiem” in a dank cellar using a smuggled score, over multiple rehearsals, after grueling days of forced labor. “Defiant Requiem” was named best feature length documentary at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City and received the audience award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

After the film there will be a panel discussion with former Ambassador to the European Union Stuart Eizenstat, who is chairman of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s board of directors, and conductor Murry Sidlin, the foundation’s founder.

The temple is at 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Tickets cost $36 for adults and $18 for students under 18, and include light refreshments. To reserve tickets, call 301-942-2000.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help subsidize Temple Emanuel’s religious school’s five-day trip to Prague and Terezín next spring. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Defiant Requiem Foundation to help young people travel to Prague and Terezin to learn about the Holocaust and the Terezin story.