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Gideon Klein Award

During the Holocaust, many musicians and other artists were persecuted by the Nazis, some because they were Jewish, others because of the content of their art. We invite you to apply for the $5,000 Gideon Klein Award. The Award is open to students in any major. The Gideon Klein Scholar either creates an original work, prepares a performance, or does research. He/she also offers a public presentation at Northeastern during Holocaust Awareness Week and archives the project on the Jewish studies website. Students at Northeastern, Hebrew College, and the New England Conservatory are eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

All materials and/or questions should be sent to Lori Lefkovitz (l.lefkovitz@northeastern.edu).

Applications for the 2017-2018 year are now closed.  Check back in early 2018 for the application deadline for the 2018-2019 Award.

This award honors the memory of Gideon Klein, brilliant pianist and composer, who was imprisoned in Terezin and other concentration camps until his death in 1945. While in Terezin, Klein inspired other musicians to compose and share their music with others in most difficult circumstances. The award was established in 1997 by Prof. Bill Giessen in memory of his mother, Gustel Cormann Giessen.

Current and Previous Gideon Klein Scholars

2017-2018: Danielle Murad Waiss, Political Science and International Affairs major.  Project will involve choreographing a dance performance composed of several pieces inspired by artworks created during or after the Holocaust.

2016-2017: Alison Campbell (Northeastern University, International Affairs and Political Science major). Campbell’s project explores the life and works of Wilhelm Brasse, a photographer notorious for his identity photos shot in Auschwitz. Her interdisciplinary work examined the role of photography through the lenses of memory, history, and culture. She presented her work at Northeastern’s Holocaust Commemoration in January 2017.

2015-2016:  Madelyn Stone (Northeastern University, Journalism and History double major, International Affairs Minor), Reality is the Satire – The Will to Hope in the Writings of Jura Soyfer.  This essay based on Stone’s research as the Gideon Klein Scholar was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Leo Baeck Institute — New York undergraduate essay contest in German-Jewish studies.

2014-2015:  Elijah Botkin (Northeastern University, Music and Mathematics double major), The Closed Town: Poetry from Terezin

2013-2014:  Hinda Tzivia Eisen (Hebrew College, Cantorial Ordination and Master of Judaic Studies program), The Westerbork Cabaret

2012-2013: Heather Viola (Northeastern University, international affairs and human services major), Children’s Music in Terezin

2011-2012: Emili Kaufman (Northeastern University, communications studies major), Art of Felix Nussbaum

2010-2011: Lynn Torgove, (Hebrew College, Cantorial Ordination Program) FRAUENSTIMMEN: Women’s Voices from Ravensbrück

2009-2010: Jeri Robins, (Hebrew College, Cantorial Ordination Program) Music of the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra

2008-2009: Julie Stevens (New England Conservatory)- Satire and Symbolism in Viktor Ullmann’s opera “Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Accompanying Presentation

2006-2007: Jonathan Meacham (Northeastern University), concert of music by Gideon Klein and other Terezin composers, performed in original versions and in jazz variations created by Meacham

2005-06: Coleman Goughary (Northeastern University), original composition and performance

2004-05: Amie Brehm- (Northeastern University) As part of her project, Brehm created a “Guide to Crafting a Performance of Brundibar by Hans Krasa”  Watch the video here.

2002-03: Jungmee Kim (Northeastern University), performance

2001-02: Melissa Misicka- (Northeastern University), website on musical activities at Terezin

2000-01: Fay Gerbes (Northeastern University), performance

1999-2000: Sarah Heile (Northeastern University), concert and exhibit

1998-99: Virgil Bozeman (Northeastern University), concert on Nazi censorship of the arts