The Fate of Persons of Mixed Jewish-Non-Jewish Origin in Nazi Germany to be Discussed
October 11, 2019 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Carolyn Enger, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, and Maren Friedman, who survived as a hidden child in Nazi Germany, will present a program, Mischlinge: The Fate of Mixed Jewish-Non-Jewish Persons in Nazi Germany, on Friday, October 11 at 1:45 p.m at Ramapo College in the Alumni Lounges of the Robert A. Scott Student Center (SC158). The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is sponsoring the event, and it is free and open to the public.
With her film, The Mischlinge Exposé, pianist and filmmaker Carolyn Enger shines a light on the stories of the Mischlinge. In the film, Ms. Enger contextualizes the stories of her father and godmother – both Holocaust survivors – with historical accounts by German-Jewish converts, artists, and intellectuals, in the process creating a multifaceted exploration of the complexities of German-Jewish identity before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Maren Friedman survived the Holocaust in Kiel, Germany as the child of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. After the war, she came with her mother to the United States, eventually completing her schooling, attending college and graduate school, marrying a fellow German-Jewish immigrant, having two daughters, and becoming a psychotherapist.
Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, her deeply felt interpretations of works from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary music, and her warm personal approach. In addition to an active performance schedule, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist, particularly with her 2013 release of piano music by Ned Rorem on Naxos Records. Renowned critic Laurence Vittes wrote in his review for Gramophone (2/2014): “Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level by taking the time and care to capture the emotional impact each must have had when their dedicatees read their inscription and title, and then heard the music for the first time.”