Holocaust Memorial Day

SOAS marks Holocaust Memorial Day.

A sitdown with author and classical music producer Michael Haas about the work of the International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM) and his book, Forbidden Music.

The Jewish Music Institute talks to Michael Haas, Director, International Centre for Suppressed Music about the restoration of suppressed music and the difficulties of a repertoire breakthrough. For the unforgotten.

Interview with Michael Newman of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) and the composer Carl David CBE on the work of the AJR and the story of the Kindertransport.

Michael Haas of the International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM) talks to the Jewish Music Institute about the reception of his book, Forbidden Music, and the work of the ICSM.

The JMI has been deeply involved in developing and promoting the research, recording, and performance of works by classical composers who were stopped from working, forced into exile or killed by the Nazis. JMI partners with the International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM), a platform for bringing together those working in the field of suppressed music.

The aim of the ICSM is to re-examine the work of composers whose careers were affected: to recover music suppressed by totalitarian regimes and later neglected and to restore, publish, perform and record the music.

ICSM is also collecting an archive of interviews with surviving composers, musicians, their families and friends as well as manuscripts, scores and other documents showing how composers and musicians tackled both their musical and their political challenges.

“The JMI provides an invaluable platform for the presentation and appreciation of Jewish music. It also provides a platform that helps facilitate cultural restitution following the purge of Jewish culture between 1933 – 1945. It has been difficult enough to achieve justice in the restitution of stolen tangible items such as property and works of art. More difficult has been the restitution of a lost culture, lost opportunities and lost futures. At most, a platform that allows the world to hear and value what was lost is welcome, even if restoring lost opportunities and futures now seems unachievable. The JMI and its International Centre for Suppressed Music at least offer invaluable means by which loss and recovery can be measured. With the distance of time, this is probably the most that can hoped for. Yet we can see already, that a restoration of lost music is taking place, even if a restitution to countless individual musicians comes too late.”

Michael Haas –  Director of Research of the International Centre for Suppressed Music and co-Chair of the exil.arte Centre, Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. JMI are dedicated to the work of the suppressed composers and the work of the ICSM

JMI welcome the increase of information and performances of the work of these composers and are encouraged to witness a deeper awareness of their legacy.

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