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Hungarian Jewish Musicians Before and During the Holocaust

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Public lecture by Agnes Kory, Bela Bartok Centre for Musicianship (UK)


Hungarian musical history was strongly marked by Jewish participation from the late 19th century. Various laws restricting Jewish participation in Hungarian cultural life - first in 1920, then in 1938 and 1939 - did of course make a significant impact but did not wipe out ​important contributions made by Hungarian Jews to musical life in Hungary and elsewhere.​ On the contrary, owing to the courage and resilience of Jewish artists and non-Jewish supporters, music-making by Jews in Hungary refused to be extinguished until the country was occupied by Nazi Germany in March 1944. Tragically, many Jewish artists were murdered during the Holocaust. However, others survived and went on to make significant contributions to post-Holocaust Hungarian musical life.

The presentation includes twenty minutes of musical samples by László Weiner, Ferenc Weisz and Johann Sebastian Bach.


Admission is free.