Concert: Mischlinge Exposé by Carolyn Enger, Pianist
The Mischlinge Exposé is a many-layered multimedia performance by Carolyn Enger, Pianist.
Enger shines the light on the stories of Mischlinge (half-Jews) and German Jewish converts in Germany before, during, and after the Holocaust.
“…a performance centering around my family’s history and my personal experience with Judaism. The program features the music of German-Jewish-born composers Felix Mendelssohn, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, and Hanns Eisler. The works contextualize video and audio testimony of my father, Horace J. Enger, and my godmother, Rosemarie Steinfeld’s, experiences in Germany after the Nuremberg Laws were passed (both were labeled “Mischling, Grade A,” by the Nazis).
Readings of text by Rahel Varnhagen and Heinrich Heine, both converts to Christianity who felt deeply conflicted after their conversion, show the turmoil that may have made its way into the music. Works by contemporary Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim and Lior Navok offer a glimpse of Israel, where my father’s fully Jewish cousin emigrated during the war to escape Germany. Through the lens of historical context and the artistic and poetic testimony of prominent converts, the performance traces my family story of conversion from Judaism to Christianity and back to Judaism.” – Carolyn Enger