Italian composer giving new life to music lost during the Holocaust

Dec 14, 2019 927

During the Holocaust, an entire generation of talented musicians, composers and virtuosos died, but their musical legacy lives on thanks largely to the extraordinary efforts of Francesco Lotoro.

An Italian composer and pianist who converted to Judaism, Lotoro is on a mission or "mitzvah" – a Jewish duty – to recover, catalog and perform music written in captivity, including music written secretly by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Lotoro's story, and those of some of the musicians whose works he has recovered, will be featured in a Jon Wertheim report on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. 

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