The Hartt School
Joza Karas dies at 82; musician revived compositions by Jews in concentration camp

Joza Karas, a Czechoslovakian-born violin teacher who spent decades tracking down and reviving musical compositions written by Jews in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, died Nov. 28 at his home in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 82 and had congestive heart failure. Karas spent more than 50 years teaching violin at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music and performing with the Hartford Symphony. His second career of discovering lost music began in the summer of 1970 after reading an article in a Czech music magazine about the recovery of fragmentary musical works composed in Theresienstadt, which also was known as Terezin after the Czechoslovak town in which it was...