April 09, 2013
UVic Archive And Oratorio On Holocaust
Next Monday is the anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Now, due to an ambitious archival project at the University of Victoria sparked by an idea from two students on a field school in Europe, an oratorio composed by Holocaust survivor A. Peter Gary offers a unique auditory experience to the public as the first donation to the new UVic project.
Gary, a musicologist and retired rehabilitative medical practitioner now living in Victoria, was liberated from Bergen-Belsen on Apr. 15, also his birthday. In the 1970s, he composed the oratorio, A Twentieth Century Passion, about the Holocaust and he has now given the musical score to the university.
The collection, Building an Archive: Local Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust, was initiated in January 2012 to preserve the stories of individuals living on Vancouver Island who experienced the Holocaust directly. Once complete, it will be housed in the UVic Archives and available to everyone. Items range from artworks and poetry to items of clothing and firsthand interviews. UVic students Jason Michaud and Andrea van Noord in the Faculty of Humanities collaborated with UVic professor Dr. Helga Thorson, co-founder of UVic’s I-witness Holocaust Field School, and Dr. Richard Kool, former president of the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society and a professor at Royal Roads University, to launch this project.
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A. Peter Gary in Victoria, BC at 250-652-9230
Dr. Helga Thorson (Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Studies) at 250-721-7320 or email@example.com
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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