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Arts & Remembrance

The Berlin ensemble "Zwockhaus"

and their pograms with Songs from Ilse Weber and from the Theresienstadt Cabaret

Zwockhaus - their name derives from the Czech word 'cvok', meaning someone who is crazy - a madman. The word was often used in Terezin, also the word 'Zwockhaus' for the place in the Cavalier Barracks, where mentally disturbed people were housed. So this is why the ensemble finally called itself Zwockhaus.

Winfried Radeke

Winfried Radeke *1940. Foto

The brains behind the ensemble is the composer, pianist and director Winfried Radeke, creator of 14 operas, many oratieries and songs and director of uncountable productions especially made for the Neuköllner Opera in  Berlin, which was established thanks to his committment in 1977.


In 1989 his ground-breaking stage version of Viktor Ullmann's Kaiser von Atlantis resulted in a new foundation: the NPO musica reanimata. Ever since he belongs to its managing board. Over the years he intensified  his involvement with the "Gesprächskonzerte" (concerts with discussions) of musica reanimata. It is in this context that the ensemble Zwockhaus took shape and developped into what is now known as the ensemble Zwockhaus.


Among he  many distinctions awarded to Winfried Radeke is the Deutscher Kritikerpreis (Prize of the German Critics) and the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit).


The Berlin ensemble Zwockhaus. Photo ©

Over the last 20 years  Winfried Radeke has researched, arranged, edited music and songs from Theresienstadt that were almost forgotten.


With Maria Thomaschke and Andreas Jocksch - both artistis and chanson singers -  he had discoverd two outstanding talents who are perfect to make resound and bring on stage all the pioneer work he had done over the last twenty years.


Zwockhaus presents the most authentic program on Theresienstadt Cabaret that you could imagine!


Artists Agency:

Since Februar 2017 Room 28 Projects/Edition Room 28 is representing the ensemble Zwockhaus as their agent. Visit Room 28 Agentur on Edition Room 28

Since 2004, when the book and the exhibition about "The Girls of Room 28" were first published, Room 28 Projects  initiated and realized many events - openings of the exhibition and readings from the book. Often these events were accompanied by musicians, choirs or actors. Our cooperation with ensemble Zwockhaus turned into a tradition - ana a most cherished one.

January 2017

The Compendium to the Educational Room 28 Projects is published!

Visit the Website of:

Leya. Sao Paulo
The Theresienstadt Diary by Helga Pollak-Kinsky, publihsed by Ediiton Room 28

"As Meninas do Quarto 28" in Porto Alegre presented by Karen Zolko

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