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On the 27th of January 2015, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago, I was in invited to sing songs from the ghettos and concentration camps. At this commemoration of the Holocaust in Rome, I was introduced to Francesco Lotoro who has dedicated his life to the research of songs and music written in the concentration camps. There is a huge collection and it needs to be remembered for eternity.

Especially as a postwar German native, married to a Jewish man here in New York for 20 years, I am eternally sensitive and tortured by the history of the Holocaust. It is my responsibility and utmost ethical longing to honor the culture of the Jewish people and stimulate the dialog about the terrible past. This is a mission that I had adopted already in 1987 when I became the protagonist of the big recording series on DECCA 'Entartete Music' that presented the Jewish composers and their music catalog banned by the Nazis. With SONGS FOR ETERNITY, this mission continues and finds its most touching extention.

My research continued and I was overwhelmed by the stories behind each of the songs written in the ghettos and concentration camps. I finally studied a most unique book, a song collection by Vevel Pasternak from 1948, that gathers heartbreaking songs from the ghettos and concentration camps, as well as the songbook of Ilse Weber, finally published by her husband in Israel in the 90's long after he survived Auschwitz. Both music collections were given to me by my dear friend Orly Beigel, who is half Mexican, half Israeli, and the child of a Holocaust Survivor.


Reviews and Articles related to SONGS FOR ETERNITY:

Work by Jewish Holocaust victims lives on in Ute Lemper’s ‘Songs for Eternity’ from Washington Post (Feb 3, 2017)
Last Musik at Center for Jewish History Program
(Apr 6, 2016)
Last Musik at Center for Jewish History Poster
(Apr 6, 2016)
Gazetta di Mantova (Apr 19, 2016)
La Voce di Mantova (Apr 19, 2016)
Gazetta di Mantova (Apr 20, 2016)
La Voce di Mantova (Apr 20, 2016)
Ute Lemper on Preserving the Music of the Holocaust (WNYC)
Last Musik: note di sopravvivenza (VNY)
RAI News 24
Uncovering the Music of the Holocaust (JW Magazine)
'Songs For Eternity' Concert Review (blogcritics)
La tournée della musica dai lager (America Oggi)
Qui New York - Ute, il canto per non dimenticare (moked.it)
Ute Lemper to Perform Works Written in Concentration Camps for LAST MUSIK (www.broadwayworld.com)

 

The video below showcases some exerpts from a live performance of SONGS FOR ETERNITY:

On April 6, 2016 Ute presented SONGS FOR ETERNITY at the Center for Jewish History in New York City:

Ute on stage at CJH

Ute at CJH 2

Ute's band at CJH

Above: Ute pictured with (from left to right) Daniel Hoffman (violin), Victor Villena (bandoneon), special guest star David Krakauer (clarinet) and Francesco Lotoro (piano). Photos courtesy of CJH

 

 

         
         
         
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