College grad from New Rochelle pays homage to Jewish lives lost in Holocaust with charity performance
A college graduate from New Rochelle is paying homage to the 6 million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust with a star-studded performance this week ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday.
Maddie Burton is the co-producer of "We Are Here: Songs From The Holocaust,” a special concert featuring songs that were rescued from inside the Nazi death camps and ghettos.
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The show is debuting Thursday night at Carnegie Hall with the help of 200 performers - including Tony and Grammy-winners Harvey Fierstein and Chita Rivera.
Burton, who graduated from the Leffell School, tells News 12 she was inspired to bring the show to life after experiencing antisemitism firsthand on her college campus.
"Over the past few months, rates of antisemitism reached an all-time high," she says. "It is really scary to be a Jewish person in the U.S. right now, and when I had the opportunity to participate in this concert, it was an automatic 'yes.' I think there is no more important time than right now to hear these songs sung in this way."
The proceeds from the concert are being donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum.