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The reading and talk by Linda Marianiello and Franz Vote will present an overview of Kolmar's life through carefully selected excerpts from Gertrud Kolmar: A Literary Life, including a few of her poems. The event also falls on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013. The German-Jewish poet Gertrud Kolmar died sometime after March 3, 1943 at Auschwitz. Only recently have her poetry and life garnered public attention within Germany and internationally. Dieter Kühn's monumental biography of the poet shows how deeply this German author has delved into the history of the Nazi period. The work includes a plethora of personal stories from the lives of real people who lived, suffered, and died at the hands of their Nazi persecutors. The personal accounts help to show how the law was manipulated to bring about the Final Solution. In fact, Gertrud Kolmar's father was himself a respected lawyer in Berlin before the Second World War.
Linda Marianiello is a fluent German and native US-English speaker who studied German at university level and lived and worked in Germany from 1984-1997. She is also a well established professional musician who translates in collaboration with opera conductor Franz Vote. For the past five years, she has developed new expertise in literary and book translation. She received her M. A. from City University of New York in Music with German Language proficiency.
Franz Vote is a renowned opera conductor. He holds a degree in Music and German from California State University at Northridge. He began his conducting career at the Aspen Music Festival and as a member of the opera faculty at the Eastman School of Music. He then spent a decade conducting in German opera houses, including Gelsenkirchen, Aachen, Munich, Berlin, and at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. At the invitation of James Levine, Maestro Vote worked for the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1990-2001, guest conducting at many regional opera houses in the United States, before becoming Music Director of the 2001 Seattle RING. He continues to conduct both opera and symphonic performances throughout the U.S. and also translates from German to English works in music, the arts, literature, and medicine. He and Linda Marianiello are married and live in Santa Fe.