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Programs Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (2017 encore)

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This moving program draws upon the memories of Holocaust survivors, as recorded in conversation with APM classical music host Mindy Ratner. Each story is unique, but all contrast tragedy with a sense of courage, resilience, and serendipity, often in astonishing circumstances. The narrative is scored throughout with works by composers whose lives were affected by the Holocaust, including: Gideon Klein, Lukas Foss, Paul Ben-Haim, Ilse Weber, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Krzysztof Penderecki

This unforgettable, hour-long listening experience offers audiences a moving tribute on International Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan. 27, 2019) and Yom HaShoah (May 1, 2019).


Mindy Ratner

Mindy Ratner is a host and producer on the Classical Music Service of Minnesota Public Radio, where she is heard on weekends. She began her career in public broadcasting following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working first for the local public television station and then for Wisconsin Public Radio. She moved on to stations in Cincinnati and Philadelphia before joining Minnesota Public Radio in 1983. In 1998 and '99, Ratner took a leave of absence to work as a music host and producer for China Radio International in Beijing. Her spare time is devoted to international travel; folk, ballroom and contradancing; singing in the Minnesota Chorale; her two cats and trying to stay ahead of the weeds in her garden.


"Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words" features approximately 30 minutes of music, and approximately 30 minutes of commentary, at a gentle, serene pace. Music is present throughout, with some pieces serving as interludes between segments.


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ContentDepot File Transfer

Preview audio available: December 20, 2018
Playlist Available: January 3, 2019
Promo spot available: January 3, 2019
Program and rundown available: January 3, 2019


Broadcast Window

January 3-May 16, 2019, with multiple airings permitted.

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before May 16, 2019. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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