Germans gingerly embrace music and the JewsNews
The fifth international days of Jewish music is being rolled out this week across the German regions. After a contemplative Berlin concert in a restoeed synagogue by the Israeli Nigun Quartet (pictured), the town of Heringsdorf on the Baltic island of Usedom gave the German-language premiere of the film The Song of Names, based on my first novel.
My impression was that about 80 percent of the audience was hearing Jewish melodies for the first time. Their response, bemused at first, warmed into genuine appreciation. The festivals, founded by Thomas Hummel, are a remarkable opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue.
photo: Peter Adamik/ITJM