Composition | History | Jewish Studies | Music Performance
Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement
I often look to text for musical inspiration, and after searching through swaths of Holocaust poetry online, I discovered "Belsen Silence" by Iolo Lewis. Its message is less graphic than some of the other texts I found, but that in no way detracts from its power of emotion. It is about looking back, tending to old wounds that are no longer fresh but are still healing. The Holocaust may have happened over fifty years ago, but it is still relevant, even alarmingly so at times. Today's reflections on yesterday's shortcomings are arguably the only way we learn, and that is why I felt the need to write this piece.
Augustana Digital Commons Citation
Gil, Monica. "Belsen Silence" (2017). Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies.
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