The academic symposium, which took place on the 7th September and was hosted by the Wiener Holocaust Library, facilitated a global network of scholars and relevant stakeholders to come together to present new, innovative research in the field of music and Holocaust studies. Participants included Bret Werb, the musicologist for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Alex Weiser on behalf of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Itzik Gottesman from the University of Texas.
Following an exceptional opening keynote by pioneer Gila Flam of the National Library of Israel, subsequent panel themes included new research on “zamlers” and the Holocaust, Yiddish song as a historical source, and performing Holocaust archives. Dr Hannah Wilson, (former) content director for ORT’s Music and the Holocaust project, presented one of her recent articles on the posthumous performance of Sobibór victim Eugen Engel’s opera “Grete Minde” as part of this event.
In all, this combined event was a fitting reminder of the importance of never forgetting the atrocities that were committed and of fighting against all forms of intolerance and discrimination. World ORT gives thanks to all musicians and participants involved, and to the organising committee Shirli Gilbert, Stephen Naron, Christine Schmidt, Dan Stone and Hannah Wilson.