To strike a chord

‘The Holocaust.” Just saying these words comes as close to expressing the totality of the tragedy as does a 1,000-page history textbook on the topic. Which is why the efforts are so important of people who are capable – through music and poetry – of giving the world an actual sense of life in Nazi Germany.

Dr. Samuel Pisar, a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau, performed his recently written A Dialogue with God (2003) narrative for Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish” on Monday night at Yad Vashem in a concert sponsored by Lily Safra. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra joined him, as did an audience including President Shimon Peres, Romanian President Traian Basescu and many Holocaust survivors who live both in and out of Israel.