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Songs from Atlantis: Exploring a Jewish Music Archive from 1948

Date: 10/07/13
Time: 5:00p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: The History Department, College of LA&S, and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
Location: Honors Center

During the summer of 1948, only three years after the end of WWII, Ben Stonehill, a man devoted to Jewish culture, recorded recently-arrived Jewish survivors of WWII who were temporarily housed in a hotel in upper Manhattan. The singers included men, women, and children. Stonehill collected over a thousand songs of many kinds: joyful as well as sad, mainly in Yiddish but also Hebrew, Polish, and Russian. In this talk, Dr. Miriam Isaacs describes the role of the Library of Congress in preserving this unique musical treasure. She will play some of these almost forgotten recordings and talk about the collector, the singers, and their times.