We have been informed that Edith Kraus, whose family came from Mahler’s home town of Jihlava, died last night in Tel Aviv, at 100 years old.
A pupil of Artur Schnabel and Leo Kestenberg, Edith was deported to the Nazi show camp of Terezin (Theresienstadt), where she was one of the foremost cultural activists. Among other performances, she gave the first performance of Victor Ullmann’s sixth sonata.
When Ullmann was deported to the murder camp of Auschwitz in the October 1944 transports, Edith also lost her husband, parents, sister and many other relatives and friends. She remarried in 1946 and, three years later, moved to Israel from where she helped preserve the memory of the Terezin musical miracle. May she rest in blessed peace.