“Listen to my songs as you travel, While the days and night unravel, Amour, amor, liebe, lubov, All of my songs sing of love.“
Excerpt from Have Song Will Travel by Mira Spektor
A prolific composer, poet, and Holocaust survivor whose career spanned decades, languages, and disciplines, Mira Spektor’s art resonated throughout various concert halls, publications, and record labels throughout her life. Known for her unwavering dedication to supporting victims of discrimination and her extensive library of art across multiple mediums, Spektor left a distinctly meaningful imprint of work that we reflect on today.
Spektor was born in Berlin in 1928 to two Lithuanian parents and fled to France shortly before Kristallnacht, a tragic night in which German Nazis destroyed Jewish businesses, homes, and synagogues, and deported thousands of Jewish men to concentration camps. It wasn’t until 1939 that Spektor and her family escaped to the United States where she would begin learning English, her third new language.
Spektor excelled in music even in her teenage years, writing and performing in her own musical as a senior in high school. Later obtaining schooling from Sarah Lawrence College, Mannes School of Music, and Juilliard, she quickly became an artistic tour de force that would perform in off-broadway plays, publish meaningful poetry, and compose countless works across multiple languages for theater, film, and TV.