Anita Lasker-Wallfisch at Wigmore Hall

A touching hour-long event streamed live on YouTube and Facebook thanks to the foresight of Wigmore Hall’s John Gilhoolly featuring cellist, Holocaust-survivor and English Chamber Orchestra founder Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. 

Joining her on stage was her son, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist John Yorke. 

Anita told the story of her experiences during the second world war – “I was spat at and told I was a dirty Jew”, explained how she quickly realised that “it was better to be a criminal than be a Jew” in a concentration camp, and closed with a clear warning: “Hate is a poison and ultimately you poison yourself.”

Wigmore Hall have found themselves a live-streaming niche on the internet on a Sunday afternoon, one I really hope they’ll exploit in the months to come. Appointment to view stuff.

Watch Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Raphael Wallfisch (from 6’12”) on YouTube.

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