Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Addressing the Bundestag

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Simon Wallfisch

Chair: Piano by Iain Farrington

09/03/2019 7:15 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

In January 2018, cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and then of Bergen-Belsen, addressed the Bundestag to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. In an extraordinary speech, she said, “Antisemitism is a virus which is two thousand years old and apparently incurable… No other genocide is as comprehensively documented as the Holocaust. And yet there are still the deniers … There are no excuses and no explanations for what happened all those years ago. All that remains is hope: the hope that ultimately, one day, reason will prevail.” Anita read extracts from that speech. Her grandson Simon, an acclaimed cellist and singer, played, accompanied by pianist Iain Farrington.

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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch


Anita Lasker-Wallfisch survived Auschwitz as a member of the woman’s orchestra. She is one of the founding members of the English Chamber Orchestra. Anita has spent many years telling her story, mainly in Germany, as a warning for the future.

Simon Wallfisch


Simon Wallfisch is a baritone, cellist and actor. As a cellist he played regularly with the English Chamber Orchestra and as an actor and presenter can be heard on several films and audiobooks in both English and German.

Pianist/ Arranger: Iain Farrington


Iain Farrington is a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He has made numerous recordings, has broadcast on BBC TV, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, and has performed at all the major UK venues.

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