and Austria during the Nazi regime and had found exile here in New York. In our Elysium Theater Company,
they rediscovered the kind of culture they had known in their childhood and youth. In a way, coming to us
was a cultural homecoming for them.”
the writer Hans Sahl, Maria Ley Piscator, choreographer, dancer and widow of the theater pioneer Erwin Piscator,
the actress Dolly Haas and Gisela Graf, widow of the Bavarian legend Oskar Maria Graf. Through his encounters
with them, he became aware of the fates of oppressed and exiled artists. Since then, an important focus of his
work has been to bring back to the stage the works of composers and writers who were persecuted and
silenced by Hitler's henchmen.
example: The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke, a piece for recitation and piano, composed by
Viktor Ullmann in the summer of 1944 while he was imprisoned in a concentration camp, has been performed
by Gregorij von Leïtis more than 50 times.
that the German director and dramaturge Gregorij von Leïtis [...] from former Federal Chancellor Kohl and many
important personalities from art and politics in Europe and America has been called the 'Ambassador of Jewish