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Before Sleep - Holocaust Remembrance Day

1 February 2020

The 27th of January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz & UN Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was on this day in 1945 that the people in Auschwitz, the biggest concentration camp ever created for human beings, were freed by the Red Army of the Soviet Union.  It was only in 2005 that the United Nations declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Photo: Mrs Elif Çomoğlu Űlgen, Ambassador of Turkey presenting pianist Renan Koen with a bouquet of flowers

Commemorating this day Mrs Elif Çomoğlu Űlgen, Ambassador of Turkey hosted Turkish pianist Renan Koen who performed at the Turkish Residence.  Koen played a repertoire ‘Before Sleep’ by composers Gideon Klein and Viktor Ullman.  Both were murdered in the concentration camps and the pieces played by Renan depicted the horrors suffered in these camps. 

Koen is known for her efforts to publish the life stories and works of composers who continued to create, notwithstanding the prohibitions imposed on concentration camps, during the Second World War.




February/March 2020








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