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Bischofwerder Boaz
ARTISTBischofswerder Boaz
ENGLISHBorn in Berlin. Rabbi at the reformed synagogue of Brunenstrasse in Berlin, he wrote some religious hymns and songs for the Jewish cult with organ or piano accompaniment (as use in the reformed synagogues). Following the Nuremberg Laws he left Germany in 1933 and escaped to London. At the outbreak of World War II, he was interned by the British authorities, for belonging to a hostile country (enemy alien). Therefore, he was embarked, together with other 2000 enemy aliens and one of his two sons, Felix Werder, on the ship Dunera and transferred to Australia, where he was interned in the camps of Hay and Tatura in New South Wales. In Tatura he wrote various Jewish liturgical pieces (mostly arrangements of musical pieces of Levandowsky), among which Mir Adir, En Kelohenu, Sheva B'rochot and the Phantasia Judaica, that he had already written on the Dunera for 4 tenor voices and that he rearranged in Tatura for violin and piano. Released in 1944, he stayed in Australia, where he died presumably in 1956. In 1996 the Archive of Australian Judaica of the University of Sydney published a volume containing the works of Bischofswerder.