Lost Music of the Holocaust: Music From Inside the Nazi Death Camps

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2013

Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, will host a multimedia event, “Lost Music of the Holocaust,” focusing on the music, composed and even performed clandestinely by musicians incarcerated in Nazi death camps on Tuesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Bret Werb, Music Curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will give the keynote address, which will be followed by a short documentary film.

Following the film, a panel of distinguished experts, who have located and preserved some of these lost works, will profile the gifted artists who continued to create under inhuman conditions, embodying the strength of the human spirit and our common humanity. The panel will also take questions from the audience.

The event will conclude with the first known performance of a set of piano variations on a Polish patriotic theme (composed in the Dachau concentration camp by Polish POW Leon Kaczmarek, 1903-1973). The pianist will be 17 year-old Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, winner of the National Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 Young Soloists’ Competition and the grandson of a Schindler’s List Holocaust survivor.

The remarks will be open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 1 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Final access time for press: 1:30 p.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen, Press Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor at JensenAW@state.gov or (202) 647-0516.

PRN: 2013/0731