Celebrating the life of Gideon Klein with music and literature.

Meet The Author!

Join us on Sunday 17th March 2024 for this special author event

We are delighted to welcome Dr David Fligg to talk about his book, 'Gideon Klein: Don't Forget About Me'. 

The book chronicles the extraordinary and moving story about the young Czech pianist and composer Gideon Klein. Standing on the threshold of a promising career, Klein, his friends and family were deported to Theresienstadt prison camp and ghetto. It was here that Klein encouraged prisoners into an astonishing array of musical activities, and where he composed his finest and most compelling music. Using unpublished archives, interviews with Holocaust survivors and photos, David recounts Klein's life from his Moravian childhood, through to his being enslaved as a coal miner at an Auschwitz subcamp before he was killed in a massacre by retreating guards. 

His story, along with the compositions which remarkably survived Theresienstadt, is a most fascinating narrative of Czech Jews during the Holocaust, and documents how one young man continued to make music in the face of evil. 

Dr David Fligg is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Exclusively at this event, local pianist and composer, Chris Miggells will perform a tribute by integrating some of Klein's complex music into a modern, original piece of music he has composed for this event. 

Chris enjoyed recent success with his sell out concerts at' The Iron Cathedral' within Clipstone Headstocks.


Join us for this exciting event where we combine the past and the present, history and the arts, all with our local coal mining heritage running through its seam. 

Event 1pm- 2.30pm 

Book Signing 2.30pm until 3.00pm 

We are open from 10am until 4.30pm and in addition to our event above, our museum exhibitions and memorial gardens are open for you to explore.

If you have visited us within the last year your ticket is valid for free return visits to the museum.

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