2008-oct12-27-lincolncemToday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as commemorations take place around the world it’s an important occasion to remember some of the extraordinary musicians of the time period. Those imprisoned in camps, like Olivier Messiaen; those who fled Europe to avoid persecution, like Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (and countless others); and the less fortunate ones who lost their lives, like Pavel Haas, Ervin Schulhoff, and Viktor Ullmann. Everyone is affected somehow by events of this magnitude. Today’s observance is a powerful reminder of that fact.

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