Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
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In Remembrance of Great Composers
16. Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
A Czech pianist and composer, Klein organized the cultural life in Theresienstadt concentration camp. In 1940 he had been offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, but by that time anti-Jewish legislation prevented his emigration. In Theresienstadt, he wrote works for string quartet, a string trio, and a piano sonata. He died in unclear circumstances during the liquidation of the Fürstengrube camp in January 1945.