Nazis killed as music played

A PLAY professionally produced in London is heading to Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform).

Voices, written by Menorah's musical director Ruti Worrall, will be performed on Sunday, April 27 (7pm) to mark Yom HaShoah.

The one-hour play tells the story of Monica, who being pregnant late in life is keen on finding her real parents so she can pass on to her unborn child a family history. It has been performed twice at the King's Head Theatre in London.

Ruti told the Jewish Telegraph: "The truth that is revealed to her takes her to places she would not have imagined in her worst nightmares.

"The part that music played in the Holocaust has not been greatly explored and it is an enigma. The greatest atrocities in history were happening to the sounds of the best music ever written.

"The Nazis were so passionate about music that they spared the lives of people who could play instruments and participate in the camp's orchestra."

Monica will be played by Amanda Hennessey, her aunt Miss Schultz by Menorah member Lynne Nathan and her father by Ruti's husband Peter.

The play will be followed by a discussion with the audience and cast on the subject Is Music a Force for Good or Evil?

Tel Aviv-born Ruti graduated from the Israeli Academy of Music, where one of her classmates was Raphael Sommer, son of Holocaust survivor and pianist Alice Herz-Sommer. Alice died in February, aged 110.

She and Raphael were sent to Theresienstadt, where she played more than 100 concerts for prisoners and guards.

Ruti said: "I knew about her story for a long time, but couldn't understand how the Nazis spared people because they could perform music. If I was in their situation, I would hate music."

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