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Drawing Life

To mark Holocaust Day remembrances, a new composition by Jocelyn Pook commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute.

Drawing Life is a multi-media work based on the collected poems and drawings of Jewish children from Terezin published in the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Between 1941 and 1944, of the 15,000 children deported to Terezin and Auschwitz, only 100 survived. The children’s poems and drawings, stuffed into walls or buried outside, are a moving testament to the prisoners’ resilience. Pook draws inspiration from their creative spirit interweaving songs with the children’s words accompanied by accordion, clarinet, violin, and cello with moving video images to create a powerful and poignant musical experience.