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Lost ‘Voices’ of Holocaust give musician cultural outlet

By Ken Glickman | For the Lansing State Journal

Marjan Helms says she began writing her new work for children’s choir, “Voices of a Vanished World,” when she was 13.

Some 41 years later, the piece will get its world premiere Wednesday with the MSU Children’s Choir.

Born and raised in a small town north of Pensacola, Fla., Helms did not know anything about the Holocaust, Jews or Israel. Then, at age 13, she read “Exodus” by novelist Leon Uris.