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Benefiting the Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors

Pre-Performance Reception • 5:30 pm

The Russian Tea Room
150 West 57th Street, NYC
(Dietary Laws Observed)

Performance • 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
7th Avenue between 56th & 57th streets, NYC



UJA’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors (CIHS) presents two significant Holocaust-era concert operas, Brundibár and The Kaiser of Atlantis, at one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world.

Both operas were significant to the history of the Terezín concentration camp and have rarely been performed together — until now. They will be presented in concert-opera format produced by The Defiant Requiem Foundation & On Site Opera featuring Murry Sidlin, conductor, and Eric Einhorn, stage director.

The evening starts off with a pre-performance reception honoring Patti Askwith Kenner with the Ernest W. Michel Memorial Award for Commitment to Holocaust Survivors and continues at Carnegie Hall for the performance. Attending this event enables CIHS to care for the last generation of Holocaust survivors.

About CIHS

UJA's Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors (CIHS) cares for the final generation of survivors in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Today, nearly 30,000 Holocaust survivors live in the New York area. More than 40 percent of them live in poverty. CIHS aims to never forget or abandon, and helps vulnerable survivors receive the care they desperately need.


UJA-Federation requests that all event attendees be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Leadership

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Miriam and Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust

 

Honoree

Honoree Portrait

Patti Askwith Kenner

Ernest W. Michel Memorial Award for Commitment to Holocaust Survivors

Patti Askwith Kenner is a tireless advocate for Holocaust survivors and countless other social causes. As a longtime supporter of UJA-Federation’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors (CIHS), Patti has dedicated her philanthropic life to ensuring survivors live with dignity in their later years. She has served as co-chair of the CIHS fundraising committee since it was founded in 2004 and was a longtime friend of Ernie Michel, z”l, for whom the Ernest W. Michel Award for Commitment to Holocaust Survivors is named. In addition, Patti serves on the boards of UJA, Defiant Requiem Foundation, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Selfhelp Community Services, Educational Alliance, Carnegie Mellon University, American Heart Association, as well as Guild Hall.

Patti was born in New York City and grew up in Harrison, New York. She graduated with a degree in French from Carnegie Mellon University and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia University Teachers College. She taught for ten years in a New York City public school in Harlem and now serves as president of Campus Coach Lines, the company founded by her father, Bert Askwith, as a college student at the University of Michigan in 1928.

Patti has one daughter, Julie, who lives in Aspen, Colorado, and four wonderful grandchildren. She is proud of her work ensuring the Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors remains at the pinnacle of caring for survivors in New York City and around the world.

 

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The Performance

Brundibár is a children’s opera composed by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister. The opera tells the story of two siblings on a journey to purchase milk for their sick mother and the help they receive on the way against the evil organ grinder, Brundibár. The piece was made famous  in 1944 when performed by the children of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) for representatives of the Red Cross who came to investigate the living conditions in Terezin. While meant as a tool of propaganda, the symbolism in the triumph of the helpless children over the tyrannical organ grinder was an act of resistance by the creators against the Nazis. Hans Krása was later killed in Auschwitz concentration camp. 

The Kaiser of Atlantis (or Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung) is a one-act opera by Viktor Ullmann with libretto by Peter Klein. Written in 1943 in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín), the piece was rehearsed but never allowed to be performed for an audience. The opera is a parable of a cruel emperor whose senseless war is claiming countless lives. Death in turn refuses to complete his duties, and only the voluntary demise of the emperor can reverse this decision. The obvious allegory to Hitler’s oppressive regime meant the piece would never be performed while the Nazis were in power. It wasn’t until 1975 that The Kaiser of Atlantis was finally premiered by the Netherlands Opera. Both Viktor Ullman and Peter Klein were murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp, but their act of resistance has survived for audiences everywhere.

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