David Fligg (PtJA’s Project Consultant) represented the project team at the Leeds Limmud Conference, which took place at Weetwood Hall on 29 October.
‘Music from the Holocaust: Spiritual Resistance, Secrets, Codes and Messages Revealed’ was the title of David’s presentation. He discussed music written under German occupation and imprisonment by Czech Jewish composers within the context of other examples of deliberately-hidden testimonies and evidence during the Holocaust, including Emanuel Ringelblum’s Oyneg Shabbes archive from the Warsaw Ghetto, and what have become known as the Scrolls of Auschwitz.
Leeds Limmud is now one of the major regional Limmud conferences in the UK, with this year’s attracting more than 300 delegates, and five parallel sessions containing 56 lectures and workshops. Since the start of the PtJA project, team members have contributed to various Limmud events both in the UK and abroad. “The fact that our sessions seem to attract sizable audiences, demonstrates that there’s a thirst for investigating and engaging with our innovative research,” says David.