Forgetting Schoenberg

Once, as I was discussing this topic with a friend, I asked him: “Do you know ‘A Warsaw Survivor’?” “A survivor? Who? What survivor?” He didn’t know what I was talking about. And yet A Warsaw Survivor (Ein Überlebender aus Warschau), an oratorio by Arnold Schoenberg, is the greatest monument music ever dedicated to the Holocaust. The whole existential essence of the drama of the Jews in the twentieth century is kept alive in it. In all its fearsome grandeur. People fight to ensure that the murderers should not be forgotten. But Schoenberg they forget.
– Milan Kundera, Encounter

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