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Annual Jack Moline Lecture Series 2021

"The Bus to Buchenwald"
Featuring Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

Music critic in New York City and regular contributor to the New York Times

Sunday, November 7 | 4 PM

In May of 1944 Käthe da Fonseca-Wollheim showed up unannounced at the gate of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The SS had notified her of the death of her husband Hermann, a doctor (one quarter Jewish), who had been interned there for being too friendly to forced laborers in his care. Unauthorized, she traveled from Hamburg to Buchenwald in the hope of receiving ashes, answers and one last message. Drawing on a wealth of documents including original SS correspondence, her granddaughter Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reconstructs a story of love, decency and the power of art to sustain us in dark times.

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim is a music critic and cultural entrepreneur dedicated to elevating the art of listening. Since 2012 she has contributed hundreds of reviews, features and essays about classical music to the New York Times. Her writings on music have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Classical Review, Symphony Magazine, the Strad, the Daily, the New York Sun, the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post. Her work as a critic has been honored with the 2015 Cremona Mondomusica Communication Award and a 2018 residency at the American Academy in Rome.

In 2019 she founded Beginner’s Ear, a program of transformative listening experiences centered on meditation and live music. Since then, she has brought music meditations to diverse audiences and spaces, including a yoga loft, a sunken garden, a federal detention center, a dance studio, an independent high school, as well as more traditional music venues. 

Born to German parents in Brussels, she obtained degrees from the University of London, Sussex University, and Cambridge University, where she wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the Jewish-Venetian poet Sara Copio Sullam. She is a violinist and avid chamber musician and lives in Westchester, New York.

Jack Moline

The annual talk honors Jack Moline, our congregational rabbi for 27 years. The lecture series presents speakers who are making important contributions to American Jewish society.

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