How Thousands of Songs Composed in Concentration Camps Are Finding New Life

April 17, 2018

Jewish Italian musicologist and pianist Francesco Lotoro has devoted his life to unearthing thousands of songs and scores written during the Holocaust. On Sunday, Aviva Bar-On performed When I Was Lying Down from memory before an audience of thousands in Jerusalem, including Israel’s prime minister and dozens of fellow Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

It was among 11 songs performed at the concert, called Notes of Hope, representing a mere snapshot of Lotoro’s 30-year search for the music of the Holocaust. The concert, organized by the Jewish National Fund U.K. and conducted by Lotoro, marked Israel’s 70th birthday.

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