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Lucy Thraves


Holocaust survivor to speak in live-streamed Wigmore Hall concert

2:40, 5th July 2018

Cellist and Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is to speak at a specially-programmed concert at Wigmore Hall on Sunday.

The invitation was made following her recent address to the Bundestag in Berlin to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

In the address, she said: ‘Antisemitism is a virus which is two thousand years old and apparently incurable […] No other genocide is as comprehensively documented as the Holocaust. And yet there are still the deniers, people who claim that all the accounts are fabricated and that the Holocaust never happened. There are no excuses and no explanations for what happened all those years ago. All that remains is hope: the hope that ultimately, one day, reason will prevail.’

Wigmore Hall’s director, John Gilhooly, said: ‘As a non-Jewish leader working in the arts, I feel it’s necessary to give a public platform wherever possible to highlight the dangers of antisemitism, and I am puzzled as to why other non-Jewish voices have yet to speak out.

‘After all, the Jewish diaspora has done so much for this country, in the arts, sciences, politics, medicine and not least philanthropy. Anita’s words are so important to hear, as history has shown, time and again, that where antisemitism, racism and extreme views are on the rise, dark times are usually never far behind. Combined with powerful and appropriate music, this very special event is presented as a timely lesson for all generations and creeds.’

Lasker-Wallfisch will be joined on stage by her son, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, and pianist John York, for music by Bloch, Ravel and Korngold.

The concert will take place at 3pm on Sunday 8 July. To live-stream, visit: http://wigmore-hall.org.uk/wigmore-hall-live/live-stream

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