A new fund established by an MIT alumnus has enabled the Lewis Music Library to add more Jewish music to its collection. Important scores, recordings, video and written material by or about Jewish musicians, composers and writers are being purchased and will be available in the library.
Michael Gruenbaum '53 and his late sister Marietta Grünbaum Emont established the Dr. Karl and Mrs. Margaret Grünbaum Fund for Jewish Music History in memory of their parents. The Grünbaum family's personal experiences with the Holocaust were at the heart of their decision to make the gift. Dr. Karl Grünbaum was killed in the Holocaust, and Michael and Marietta were imprisoned with their mother at the Terezin concentration camp. The Grünbaum Fund was created with Holocaust reparations received by the family.
The collection is expected to grow in the coming years and serve as a valuable intellectual asset for the MIT and Jewish communities. The Lewis Music Library is located in MIT's Hayden Library (Building 14E-109) and is open to the public. Summer hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.