‘Songs Not Silenced’ Features Composers Banned During Holocaust

Composer Ignatz Waghalter peruses a musical score in 1945 in New York.
Composer Ignatz Waghalter peruses a musical score in 1945 in New York.
Credit Courtesy of David W. Green


The Holocaust not only took a horrific toll on human life, it also produced long-lasting cultural erasure. Jewish composers, and even those performing in non-German styles, had their music banned. Some of these composers died in the death camps. Others survived, but their music has been lost.

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Kennesaw State University music professor Laurence Sherr has dedicated much of his musical career to highlighting these erased composers.

“It’s important to remember those that were lost in the Holocaust, and those whose voices were silenced,” Sherr said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “There is a renewed interest among people of the current generation in recovering these lost and forbidden voices.”

Sherr is presenting a program of vocal music called “Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust.” Ignatz Waghalter, and his grandson, David W. Green, are among those featured, and Sherr will also talk about the music being presented.

That program is free Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Bailey Performance Center on Kennesaw State University’ campus. It will also be streamed live on KSU’s music website.

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