Lecture - 'Narratives of Personal Experience: Musical Testimony and the Holocaust'
From the earliest forms of recorded testimony, literary works of recognized authors, and expert accounts of musicians in SS-commissioned orchestras, music has served as a commemorative function for the Jewish community, a pedagogical tool in performance, a feature of testimony, and a complement to the historical narrative.
Presenter Joseph Toltz completed his musicology dissertation at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2011 he was the Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has interviewed holocaust survivors about their musical experiences during the war years and their post-war recall of such memories.
Sponsored by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the UA Hillel Foundation and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.