LETTER FROM LADY ANNA COWEN, SPOUSE OF FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA, SIR ZELMAN COWEN
I am writing in enthusiastic support for a new artistic project to be undertaken by a young Israeli composer, currently living in Australia – Alon Trigger – and librettist Ron Jontof-Hutter, supported by other remarkable talents.
The project's goals are to create and publicly perform a cantata. intertwining the Holocaust experience of Ron Jontof-Hutter’s grandfather, Otto Jontof-Hutter, and the life of the contemporaneous Indigenous-Australian hero, William Cooper, who led a march to the German Consulate in 1938 to protest the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom that year.
The work, from what I gather from those who have seen and heard parts of it, promises to be of the highest artistic calibre that also educates audiences as survivors from Nazi Germany diminish. This unique cantata is also an important opportunity to expose the talent of these artists and promote their productive careers.
I hope that those who can find some way to support, this special endeavour.
Lady Anna Cowen
LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM UNCLE BOYDIE, WILLIAM COOPER'S GRANDSON
I remember my grandfather William Cooper, the dynamic and charismatic Australian Aboriginal leader who campaigned for civil rights and social justice. His activism included the protest march he led to the German Consulate in Melbourne on December 6, 1938, following the state-sponsored anti-Jewish violent pogroms across Germany on November 9-10, 1938, that became known as Kristallnacht.
This creative and unique cantata honours the memory of Cooper's heroism with a clear message that resonates across all cultures and is both educational and entertaining.
Ron Jontof-Hutter and Alon Trigger have come up with an inspiring and sophisticated artistic endeavor that I warmly support.
Alfred Turner (Uncle Boydie)
LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM AUNTY IRENE NORMAN, MULLUM MULLUM INDIGENOUS GATHERING PLACE
We are delighted to support and be involved in the Kristallnacht Cantata-A voice of courage
LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM EDDI JAKU, SURVIVOR OF THE KRISTALLNACHT POGROM AND AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP
I was excited to listen to the Kristallnacht Cantata which recalls the 1938 pogrom in Nazi Germany. I experienced this event first-hand as a young Jewish man. I am very touched being honoured in this way among the many others who survived. I endorse the Kristallnacht Cantata and hope that people can pass on the important message of kindness and tolerance
Eddie Jaku OAM