Efforts to Perform and Promote Holocaust-Era Music Detailed in Winter Issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine
Those imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps experienced abject horror and utter misery. But, as a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the harshest of conditions, Holocaust victims created music and art even under Nazi captivity. Their legacy is told in the winter 2013 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine.
Numerous groups and individuals today are preserving, promoting and performing the music composed in the camps. The winter issue examines these efforts.
While the Seattle-based Music of Remembrance puts on concerts of Holocaust-era music and newly commissioned Holocaust-themed works, the small German city of Hanover is proving to be a vital hub in preserving Jewish liturgical music. The European Center for Jewish Music, under the direction of Andor Izsák, seeks out music the Nazis tried to destroy. And performing the music is a key component of the center.
Elsewhere in the magazine, we examine the Israeli planned city of Modiin. Though not without its critics, Modiin, with its open spaces and public parks, is growing in popularity as Israelis seek alternatives to the bustle and density of cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Taking a historical lens to Israel, the winter issue also features a story on B’nai B’rith’s Garden City founded in the late 19th century in what was then Palestine. Located on the western outskirts of Jerusalem, the city was known for its progressive nature.
Also in the winter issue, Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin reminisces about some of the old Jewish food brands that were staples of his childhood, including Gold’s Horseradish. The magazine also includes an article on the Jews of Myanmar and President Allan J. Jacobs’ regular column on B’nai B’rith’s unmatched record of achievement.
Read this and much more in the winter 2013 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine found by clicking here here. .
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