How a Last Letter From a Holocaust Victim Inspired an Album of Jewish Choral Music

British vocal ensemble Mosaic Voices wants the world to hear that there’s much more to Jewish music than just klezmer. Look out Gregorian chanting, ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ is coming for you

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The five-piece ensemble Mosaic Voices, including Michael Etherton, center.
The five-piece ensemble Mosaic Voices, including Michael Etherton, center.
Daniella Peled
London
Daniella Peled
London

LONDON – On July 14, 1942, Kamilla Breuer sat down in her Vienna home to write a letter to her children Lotte and Jozsi. They had escaped Nazi-occupied Austria four years earlier to seek safety elsewhere in Europe; she remained behind with her husband Emil and sister Minka.

“It is so unspeakable what we have to suffer again and again, but the hope that we will be reunited with you holds us together,” the 50-year-old wrote, adding: “As much as I am yearning for you as much as I am worried about your future, I am so glad that you are away and I am thinking that it won’t be for much longer.”

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