University of Mobile ASOTA Faculty to Present Story of Auschwitz Survivor in Lecture/Performance

Maggie JonesNews

MOBILE, Ala. – Faculty from the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile will present a lecture and performance based on the poetry of an Auschwitz survivor.

The event is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Holocaust Center and will be held March 1 at 4 p.m. at Springhill Avenue Temple, 1769 Springhill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607. Admission is free.

The following ASOTA faculty will present a lecture on Krystyna Zywulska’s experience at Auschwitz and perform two works by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer:

Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Lori Guy, Assistant Professor of Music and Voice Dr. Kathryn Hedlund, Director of Opera and Professor of Music and Voice Dr. Patrick Jacobs, and faculty member Christopher Powell.

Guy said this will be “an engaging afternoon where the audience will be captivated not only by the heartbreaking, fascinating story of Krystyna Zywulska but also by her words and the brilliant music of Jake Heggie.”

Krystyna Zywulska had not written a single song before being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau as a political prisoner in 1943. Writing lyrics and setting them to familiar tunes became her way of coping with the horror of life in the camp.

Krystyna did not create lyrics to save her life, but they did just that. Her superiors appreciated her music and made her “camp poet.” Krystyna was given a job in the Room of Personal Effects – which was a job that saved her life.

“Another sunrise” is a piece which portrays Krystyna struggling to tell the story of what happened to her while prisoner at Auschwitz. “Farewell, Auschwitz” is a companion piece which explores the actual lyrics Krystyna wrote – lyrics which depict experiences prisoners faced each day.

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