“Songs from Testimonies” Concert in London as Part of Wiener Library Symposium
|A group of organizations, the Wiener Holocaust Library, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, World ORT Music and the Holocaust, the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre and the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, have joined together to organize a workshop and public concert in London September 6-7, 2023.
The workshop, titled Bloody Folklore: New Research on Music, Archives and the Holocaust, will feature international scholars and a keynote by Gila Flam, National Library of Israel.
The workshop invites scholars to reflect on the value of musical material hidden in archives as underexplored, dynamic source documents that illuminate the history and experience of the events we now call the Holocaust, as well as the complex multicultural and multilingual environment of European Jewry prior to and during the Second World War.
The effort was inspired by the two recent projects that bring musical sources related to the Holocaust "out of the archive" and into the public sphere through performance: Yiddish Glory, a cooperative project between University of Toronto’s Anna Shternshis and artist Psoy Korolenko, and Songs from Testimonies, a recording project of songs drawn from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies by Zisl Slepovitch and his ensemble featuring Sasha Lurje.
The workshop will be closed to the public. The Wiener Library intends to record and share the recordings online.
A concert featuring musical performances by Yiddish Glory and the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble & Sasha Lurje will be free and open to the public at:
Attendance is free, but registration is required:
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