Diese Tage in Terezín

Those Days in Terezín
Sibylle Schönemann’s best-known film, Locked Up Time (Forum 1991), which screened in 1991 in Jerusalem and elsewhere, and Those Days in Terezín (Forum 1997) about the ghetto cabaret artist Karel Švenk, known as the “Chaplin of Theresienstadt”, are separated by seven years. Although Schönemann made several films during this period, her thoughts and research since the trip to Israel focused predominantly on one subject: the Shoah. The subsequent stations for the gifted entertainer Švenk were Auschwitz and Meuselwitz. He died on a death march to Mauthausen. Fifty years later, Schönemann walks through the streets of Terezín with the author Lena Makarova and the Israeli singer Victoria Hann Gabbay. What is fascinating about their search for traces is that each new encounter with people who knew the cabaret artist develops an ever-growing network, in which a dialogue between cultures (Czech, Hebrew, German, English – everyone here is a polyglot) and generations is cultivated. And thus, there is also memory: of laughter in – and as – resistance, and of songs, not least of the “Terezín March”. A clever and radically open movie. A powerful gesture of rebellion.
by Sibylle Schönemann
with Victoria Hanna Gabbay, Manka Alter, Orni, Hanna Fialová-Malka, Irene Ravelová
Germany / Czechia 1997 German, English, Czech, Subtitles: English 80' Colour, 35 mm Documentary form


  • Victoria Hanna Gabbay
  • Manka Alter
  • Orni
  • Hanna Fialová-Malka
  • Irene Ravelová
  • František Domazlicky
  • Jitka Domazlicky
  • Josef Švehla
  • Jenny Švehla
  • Věra Lišková
  • Marta Fantlová
  • Jarmila Potůčková
  • Luděk Eliáš


DirectorSibylle Schönemann
ScreenplaySibylle Schönemann, Lena Makarova
CinematographyHans Rombach
EditingRenate Merck
SoundUve Haußig
Location ManagersAleš Komárek, Micháel Prikrýl
ProducersHeino Deckert, Hannes Schönemann
Executive ProducerHeino Deckert
Co-ProductionCzech TV, Prag

Produced by

Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH

Leipzig, Germany

majade.de majade.de

Der Ochsenkopf Film- und Fernsehproduktion

Schwerin, Germany

Sibylle Schönemann

Born in Berlin in 1953. After studying directing at the Potsdam-Babelsberg Academy of Film and Television, she worked as an assistant director and dramaturge at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films. In 1984, she applied to leave the country. As a result, she was arrested by the Ministry for State Security and later ransomed. Her film Locked Up Time (1990) was awarded many prizes. Between 1987 and 1992, she worked as a dramaturge and script analyst for the Hamburg Filmbüro. Since 1991, she has been a freelance author and filmmaker. She has lived and worked in Potsdam again since 2006.


1976 Kinder kriegen?; short film · Skizze über einen Clown; short film 1979 Manuela; short film 1980 Ramona 1990 Verriegelte Zeit (Locked Up Time); documentary 1992 Zwischen Himmelpfort und Fegefeuer; documentary 1993 Risse im Land; documentary 1995 Wenn Kinder zur Flasche greifen; documentary 1997 Diese Tage in Terezín (Those Days in Terezín); documentary 2002 Diagnose: Neurodermitis. Leben mit der Krankheit; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Sat Feb 17 19:30

Akademie der Künste

Download iCal file
Tue Feb 20 10:30

Arsenal 1

Download iCal file