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Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

Join us for an intimate lecture-concert honouring the memory and works made by Jewish composers and artists during the Holocaust.

The Lamm Jewish Library is proud to host several events as part of a special series entitled the Music of Memory featuring renowned composer Christopher Latham OAM. This series will culminate with the Holocaust Memorial with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in October 2024.

“When this music plays, we know that our comrades, out in the fog, are marching like automatons; their souls are dead and the music drives them, like the wind drives dead leaves, and takes the place of their wills.” – Primo Levi

Join us as we explore the role and impact of popular music in Nazi concentration camps, with a particular focus on the orchestras led by Simon Laks and Alma Rose.

Despite the Nazis banning Swing music, calling it “degenerate music created by Negroes and Jews”, it was wildly popular in Germany, leading to the bizarre situation of Jews being saved by forming swing bands in the camps. Focussing on the Terezin musicians: Czech trumpet player Eric Vogel, Coco Schumann guitar/ drums, Fricek (Fritz) Weiss clarinet, Martin Roman (pianist in the Weintraub’s Syncopators) as well as musicians in other camps. The lecture will bring together their life stories and their music.

Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

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