Mobilized in 1939 as an artillery lieutenant, taken prisoner in June 1940, he spent five years in the Nienburg, Lower Saxony/Weser Oflag. He organized introductory lectures on the history of music from its origins to the present day, to which were added over the months a course on harmony and counterpoint, a course on the fugue, twenty lessons on musical aesthetics, and the history of the symphony. Demonstrating passionate self-denial, he wanted to complete this theoretical teaching and instill in his companions of misfortune a love of music by conducting and commenting on eighteen symphonic concerts.. Both the musicians of the orchestra and the singers of the choir were amateurs, with instruments of very poor quality, but Goué's enthusiasm won them all over.
After being interned and tortured at Pankrác prison for two years (1943–1945) Karel was sent to Theresienstadt prison. The conditions in the prison were dire and he became ill with dysentery and pneumonia. SS- Oberscharführer Stefan Rojko sent all ill prisoners outside in freezing cold to disinfect the cell. As a result, Karel and 8 other prisoners died on 6 March 1945.
Sandor Kuti was born in Budapest in 1908. In 1940 he was deported to an unidentified forced labor camp in Germany and died in an unidentified punishment camp in 1945. Most of his works were lost.
Gideon Klein 1919-1945 A Czech pianist and composer, Klein organized the cultural life in Theresienstadt concentration camp. 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.
Emile Goue 1904-1946- was born in France. He was a scientist as well as musician and taught in Paris, He was conscripted into the army in France and captured in June 1940, taken to Flag XB in Nienburg, and took an active role in cultural and musical activities. He organized science lectures in physics, music, and stage performances. After being released he returned to Paris and died in a sanatorium in 1946.
William Hilsley was born December 15, 1911, and died January 12, 2003. He was a German-British composer, musician, and teacher who grew up in Germany and emigrated to the Netherlands. He was interned in Germany and returned to the Netherlands after the war. Mr. Hilsley is best known for his music composed and performed in the internment camps.
Born in California, Kristen grew up involved in various musical activities from choirs to orchestras, the most significant being her study of the piano. She earned her BM from Biola University and her MA from San Jose State University.
Kristen began teaching young piano students in 1987 and is a certified Suzuki Piano Instructor. She has enjoyed working with the littlest children as young as 3 years old as well as adjudicating and teaching for various camps and festivals.
In addition to teaching, Kristen has been actively performing in chamber music concerts while in California and currently in the Four Corners Area.