Music on the Brink of Destruction

A lecture exploring the wide range of musical activities under Nazi internment


November 1, 2020 - 6.00 pm


November 1, 2020 - 7.00 pm

An extraordinary range of musical activities, both forced and voluntary, took place in the Nazi ghettos and camps, from the earliest internment centres established in 1933 until the liberation in 1945. The musical works created there by prisoners are extraordinary documents from the time: fragments recovered from the rubble of war and genocide; monuments to the lives that were destroyed. In this talk, Shirli Gilbert will present original songs from this period, including some rare post-war recordings. The songs offer rich insight into victims’ experiences, conveying the uncertain and shifting perspectives of prisoner communities as they made sense of lived reality.

In partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

Date: 1 November 2020
Time: 6.00-7.00pm (1.00pm EST)
Venue: Zoom (a link will be sent before the lecture)
Book: Link to Google booking form