10:53 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

We’ll Never Forget: Music In Remembrance of the Holocaust on Thursday, April 19

WRTI will honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and join with those in our community who remember them, with special programming throughout the day.

Listen in the 2 pm hour for I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Philadelphia composer Charles Davidson. This, his best-known work, is a setting of poems by children imprisoned in Theresienstadt; only 100 of the 15,000 children there survived. I Never Saw Another Butterfly has received more than 4,000 performances throughout the world, and is the subject of two PBS documentaries. Charles Davidson is the cantor emeritus of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park.

You'll also hear works by composers that the Nazis considered "dangerous" to the Reich; music labeled "Entartete" or "degenerate" was banned, and many of the composers of those works were imprisoned and killed.

The music of those long dead, such as Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler, didn't escape the ban. Paul Hindemith and other non-Jewish composers had to flee the country when they disobeyed government orders to fire Jewish colleagues.

But others fared far worse. Twenty-six-year-old Gideon Klein, prevented from accepting a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music, was sent to Theresienstadt with other musicians, including composer Viktor Ullmann. They both died in the camps, along with Erwin Schulhoff, Pavel Haas, and many others.

Join us Thursday, April 19th for this special day of remembrance.