“In August 1943, while serving in a Jewish forced labour battalion, the Budapest-born composer Istvan Anhalt wrote a poem titled “Mirage in Elöpatak.” In this poem, Anhalt imagined a happier future:

“Strolling happy friends with wit abounding,

Thoughtfully smiling, invite you to join:

Come along, pal, if it suits you.”

He envisaged a place — Crystal City — where dreams of a better life would be fulfilled. This seemed an impossibly optimistic fantasy at the height of the Second World War.

But Anhalt did eventually reach that place. He immigrated to Canada, enjoyed a long career as a university professor, and found peace at home with his family in Kingston, Ont. From there he composed a significant body of compositions late in life…”