Respondent
Taube, Moshe
Interview Date
November 22, 1994
Abstract
Respondent. Cantor at Beth Shalom Synagogue.
[T1S1] Respondent choral conductor, survivor from Schindler's List; describes 10th Annual International Elie Wiesel Holocaust Award Remembrance Dinner on November 20, 1994, which honored Steven Spielberg, survivors from Schindler's List; Elie Wiesel presented Spielberg with 2 sculptures, brass bust of Schindler, sculpture of broken violin; Spielberg spoke about his Jewishness. Respondent talks about how making "Schindler's List" brought Spielberg back to his Jewish heritage. Respondent describes in detail reunions with survivors when movie came out in 1992. Respondent explains he was youngest one in camp; father was in camp too. Respondent talks about Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) dinner in 1994 that honored Emilie Schindler; she spoke no English so Respondent translated for her. Respondent comments on what Emilie looked, acted like when he was in camp; offers impressions of what she was like at ZOA dinner. Respondent explains he had no contact with survivors except for father, stepmother, until movie was made. Respondent talks about book <i>Schindler's List</i> by Keneally; influence of Leopold Page on Keneally; Page's life; Respondent and Page's appearance on "Larry King Live". Respondent discusses his love of music, started at age 7, did not sing in camp because all he could think about was food. Respondent states movie is what made him go public with his survivorship; movie was destined to come out so people could understand what happened in Holocaust. Respondent mentions there were other men like Schindler. Respondent explains why he will not see "Schindler's List"; other movies could not supersede impact of Spielberg. Respondent recalls having feeling Schindler was savior even when he was in camp. Respondent reflects on life in camp, mental, physical exhaustion; mentions <i>Schindler's Legacy</i> by Eleanor Brecher, book details camp's liberation; mentions camps liberation on tape as well. Respondent starts talking about how movie has changed his life.
[T1S2] Respondent continues describing how movie made him face memories he was trying to forget. Respondent describes radio, TV, interviews; favorite interviewer Lynn Cullen, WTAE; Cullen responsible for "Larry King Live interview". Respondent describes strain of publicity; wants to have time for music, wife, children, Russian. Respondent talks about creating music, newest work Modim Anachnu Lach. Respondent discusses his work with Russians, educating them in Judaism, introducing them to synagogue. Respondent mentions he speaks 7 languages; how he learned Italian, English. Respondent describes his work as classical cantor; why became cantor. Respondent talks about education at Julliard. Respondent tells why he came to America in 1957 from Israel. Respondent mentions influence of choral conductor, Abraham Kaplan. Respondent continues talking about musical education at Julliard; Itzhak Perlman, violinist, was classmate. Respondent offers opinions on Perlman; Respondent's philosophy on performing. Respondent explains his survivorship, destiny to be survivor; why he left New York City to go to Pittsburgh in 1965. Respondent talks about religious beliefs, traditional, conservative. Respondent discusses how some lost, questioned religion after Holocaust; hopes for future, Israel; sees real peace, strengthened spiritual Jewish community, personal hopes. Respondent describes his vocal practice; continues talking about his music. Respondent talks about how to strengthen Jewish community.
[T2S3] Respondent continues talking about Jewish community; doesn't like how it's changing. Respondent ends interview with prayer.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism); Holocaust survivors; Israel; Music; Schindler,Emilie; Schindler's List; Spielberg, Steven, 1946-; Synagogues
Profession
Cantor
Work
Beth Shalom Congregation
Length (hours)
2.25
Interviewer1
Rubinstein
Interviewer2
Engler, Eva
Indexer
Frisque
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.466
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh