During World War II, millions of people were imprisoned. Some of them wrote music while they were captive. The Lotoro Collection is a library of music written by captive Jews, Rom, Quakers, Sufis, Catholics, homosexuals and whomever else was deemed unacceptable to the warring governments. The collection contains music as well as audio and visual interviews, and a complete thesaurus to help guide performers and scholars interested in using this valuable resource.
Formally designated Thesaurus Musicae Concentrazionarae, the collection is comprised of over 5,000 works of music. In addition, there are over 3,000 documents concerning music in the Camps, including microfilm, prisoners’ diaries and interviews with musicians and surviving composers.
This archive needs to be properly stored, catalogued and housed. All of that is underway but it is in a precarious state. The Creativity in Captivity project is raising money to secure the archive by direct fundraising and by putting on performances of the music in which all profits go to the Lotoro Collection.