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ATLANTA - An ongoing project seeks to preserve and perform music written by victims of the Holocaust and other World War II prisoners.
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A handful of the songs made their world premiere
on Tuesday in Atlanta during "Testaments of the Heart," a program to
help raise money to collect and preserve more music produced by captives
of the Axis powers.
Some songs are slow, emotional, almost weepy symphonies. Others are driving and angry pub songs. A few are sarcastic jazz numbers.
Already thousands of the songs have been collected by Italian pianist
and conductor Francesco Lotoro in a 20-year effort to ensure the music
He plans to house the collection in Atlanta's Emory
University once he raises the money to transfer it to the university's