On April 11th, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1000 boys survived. On April 11th, 2010, sixty-ﬁve years later, several of the surviving boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. This is their story.
When I ﬁrst took on this project, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall into any of the musical cliches one would associate with such a heavy historical topic. I also didn’t want it to seem like a WWII ﬁlm on the History Channel. What I love about this ﬁlm is the personal nature of the individual stories. Through the score, I hope that the audience experiences the survivor’s stories of terror, fear, loss, and ultimately survival and hope.
The palette of the score is rich with piano, harp, clarinet and strings. It also explores modern textures during some of the more brutal sequences. I hope that you all get to experience this powerful and deeply human documentary.