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October 23, 2013

Holocaust survivor makes symphony debut with Yo-Yo Ma

BOSTON (AP) — A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor has made his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Ma and George Horner performed together Tuesday night for about 1,000 people at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

The two men played music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner, who now lives near Philadelphia, was incarcerated. They received a standing ovation.

The performance benefits the Terezin Music Foundation. The organization is dedicated to preserving the work of artists and musicians killed in the Holocaust.

The foundation is named for the town of Terezin, site of an unusual Jewish ghetto in what was then German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Even amid death and hard labor, Nazi soldiers there allowed prisoners to stage performances.

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