Israel Festival Review: Refidim Junction

Marget Wolf’s Refidim Junction, performed by the Theater Company Jerusalem and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ulrich Pakusch, is a painful reminder of the fact that the German Jews were the first victims of the Nazi regime.

The work is categorized as a Scenic Documentary Action, although it is sometimes also referred to, inappropriately, as a Chamber Opera, though it lacks the main ingredient of an opera – a plot. It is based on letters by two German Jewish women – the poetess Marianne Rein and Perl Margulies, the mother of Israel Prize laureate Alice Shalvi – written in Germany during the Nazi regime. Though different in style, the letters intensely convey the gradually and relentlessly increasing sense of persecution, fear and despair.


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