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HATE IS A FAILURE OF IMAGINATION – A Literary Collage – An Encouraging Testimony

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7.00 pm

Martin Luther Church

2379 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Toronto, Ontario M8V 1B7

Admission: Free

Presented by the Goethe Institut Toronto, Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Center

Narrator Gregorij von Leïtis, Artistic Director of Elysium – Between Two Continents, recites texts reflecting the power of imagination and to the profound love and humanity of the artists who were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. They illuminate the unshakable hope that human decency will prevail and that humanity will be stronger than all the attempts to crush it. The repertoire includes texts by pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, poet Georg Kafka, playwright Paul Aron Sandfort, cabaret artist Leo Strauss, composer Viktor Ullmann, and poet Ilse Weber.

Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium, will give a short introduction.

Especially today it is more important than ever, to carry this message of hope, this strong positive signal out into the world. The life-affirming words of these artists can encourage us today, to break through the spiral of hate, violence and destruction.

“Listening to the past informs and inspires our future. This applies in particular to our conversations about reconciliation. There is no reconciliation without telling the truth. HEW encourages people to tell and learn the truths of our past in order to be prepared to work towards a reconciled future for our society. This is a blessing for those who participate and it is a necessity for our society.”

– Pastor Dr. Christian Ceconi

This event is listed on p. 40 of the Neuberger HEW Program Guide as part of Interfaith Programs.