Testaments of the Heart

Testaments of the Heart
Emory University Center for Ethics
Mythic Imagination Institute®
Testaments of the Heart
Francesco Lotoro and Ann Weiss

Testaments of the Heart is an unprecedented marriage of striking photographic images and never-before heard music belonging to and written by those who were interned during World War II. The unique program will begin with a two-month exhibit of photographs from Ann Weiss' moving book THE LAST ALBUM: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which reintroduces us to lost images confiscated from the victims of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The photo exhibit will open with a presentation by Ann Weiss on September 15th, and the photographs will be displayed in multiple venues around Emory campus, including the Center for Ethics, the Emory Visual Arts Gallery, the School of Medicine, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, School of Medicine, and Cannon Chapel. Ann will visit Emory twice more to discuss these provocative photos, including talks to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students..


The highlight of Testaments of the Heart will be a moving and provocative theatrical concert on September 28th at the Schwartz Center. The program will feature music written in the internment and concentration camps of World War II, performed live by Atlanta-based musicians accompanied by narration of the stories behind the music. Professor Francesco Lotoro, who will attend this premiere, has been heroically saving and cataloguing this music, gathering it from all over the world and recording it for posterity. In addition, the photos from THE LAST ALBUM will be integrated into the program. Testaments of the Heart will be the first time the images and music of the victims of the Nazi regime have ever been presented together. In fact, most of the music being presented on the evening of September 28th has never before been performed in front of a live audience. Please join us for this unique and moving event.

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Co-sponsored by Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, Department of Visual Arts, Emory Hillel, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Department of Film Studies