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The Mischlinge Exposé
November 4, 2018
Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, occurred 80 years ago on November 9 and 10, 1938. This wave of violence, which took place throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and the recently occupied areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, spread deep recognition throughout the Jewish community of the dangers of Nazi rule. Remembering this moment in history, Congregation Shalom is bringing internationally acclaimed pianist Carolyn Enger to Chelmsford to perform her multimedia presentation “Mischlinge Exposé.”
This performance weaves a multimedia tapestry around a little-known aspect of the Holocaust: the Mischlinge, a derogatory Nazi term for those considered neither fully Jewish nor fully Aryan. “Who was my father?” “Who am I?” “What is identity?”
Asking these questions, with a deep interest in the history of assimilation and conversion behind the Mischlinge and how it affected her family, she produced this many-layered multimedia performance which combines music, art, literature, and film. It brings to light the stories of mischlinge and German-Jewish converts to Christianity before, during, and after the Holocaust. Woven richly into the tapestry are audio and video testimony of Carolyn’s father and godmother, both classified by the Nazis as Grade A mischlinge, and music that Carolyn brings alive on the piano from converted German-Jewish-born composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and Arnold Schoenberg.
The suggested donation is $10.00. proceeds will benefit the organization Facing History and Ourselves, an educational program to engage students of diverse backgrounds in examination of racism, prejudice, and Anti-Semitism, to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Since space is Limited, Reservations are strongly advised. To reserve a spot, email email@example.com or call (978) 251-8091. Doors open at 2:45 pm.