This weekend will be the first time Ela Weissberger performs in the Brundibar Opera before an audience in 70 years. But it is a script she will never forget.
Ela was just 12 when she was cast as the role of the cat in 1942 and performed inside the Nazi concentration camp Terezine.
15,000 children entered Terezine and about 100 survived. Several of them were Ela’s cast mates who performed in the opera for a Nazi propaganda film – produced to deceive the Red Cross.
Those who did not make it out are being remembered in the upcoming performance by the Petite Opera in Park Ridge.
At 84-years-old Ela is now touring the country retelling her story of Brundibar and the three years she spent in Terezine..
WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more.