IA: Oct. 30, 2022 – Selections From Jewish Composers: Music from the Holocaust

This cello and piano performance is in conjunction with our upcoming temporary exhibition, Witness to the Holocaust: The Mattes Family Letters. The exhibition will display the Mattes Letters, images, genealogical material, explanations, and descriptions.

This exhibition shares the story of Markus and Anna Mattes, a Polish Jewish couple who moved to Mainz, Germany, in 1908 to raise their family. Through family pictures, documents, maps, and first-hand accounts in letters written by members of the Mattes family, we learn of the couple’s witness to the beginnings of the Holocaust, and their desperate attempts to escape Nazi Germany and join their children who found a home in the Quad Cities. These attempts, which ultimately failed, are haunting and echo the experience of many Jewish families during this time. The story of the Mattes family, as told through their own words from 1938-1941, honors the memory of those who did not survive.

Members of the Mattes family, Daniel and Debbi, will perform a selection of music from the Holocaust on cello and piano. We invite attendees to view the exhibition before and after the performance. The performance is free with reservations.


Date and time: Sun, October 30, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
Location: German American Heritage Center & Museum 712 West 2nd Street Davenport, IA 52802

Free with RSVP


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