James Simon (composer)
James Simon was born into a Jewish family in Berlin and murdered in Auschwitz in 1944 following his three year internment at Theresienstadt (1941-1944). He studied at the Musikhochschule in Berlin piano (C. Ansorge) and composition (Max Bruch). In 1934 he was forced to leave Germany to Zurich, later Amsterdam where he was arrested and deported to Theresienstadt, and from there to Auschwitz.
His older son, Jorn Martin Simon, died in the Moscow Trials in 1937. The younger son, Ulrich Ernst Simon, survived, escaping to London, where as a young man he converted to Christianity, and becoming a noted Anglican writer and theologian, and member of the council of King's College, London.
While some of Simon's piano pieces, songs and his opera Frau im Stein (1918) (based on Rolf Lauckner’s work) were published, many of his compositions remain unperformed. He is called the "Lost Composer".
His Lamento für Cello und piano (in jemenitischer Weise), Meinem Lieber Martin! (17/18. XII. 1938) was premiered in Prague by Czech cellist František Brikcius as part of the "Weinberger Tour" on 23 April 2007 at the Spanish Synagogue.
A cantata, Ein Pilgermorgen (A Pilgrim’s Morning, 1929-30) for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra to a text by Rilke, survives in manuscript.
- Paul Kling
- Karel Berman
- Pavel Haas
- Gideon Klein
- Hans Krása
- Egon Ledeč
- Rafael Schächter
- Zikmund Schul
- Viktor Ullmann
- DeCoste and Schwartz The Holocaust's ghost: writings on art, politics, law, and education "Others who died in Auschwitz, often via Holland and Terezin, were Alfred Kropf, a conductor from Stettin; Magda Spiegel; and composer James Simon, a student of Max Bruch."
- The Living church 1978 Ulrich Ernst Simon, a writer and theologian, has been elected by the council of King's College, London, ... His father, a teacher and composer of music in Berlin, was arrested in Amsterdam by the Nazis and died in Auschwitz"
- http://www.Brikcius.com - Frantisek Brikcius: Czech Cellist - Project "Weinberger Tour"