At Leo Smit Foundation we collect and share knowledge about composers who were persecuted in the Second World War. We started in 1996 with research on the composer Leo Smit. For the tenth anniversary of the Foundation a book was published with short biographies of ten composers in all. In 2009 the inventory was completed and published in Dutch under the title: “Schatten van de Zolder; verloren en teruggevonden Nederlandse composities” (Treasures from the Attic: a rediscovery of Dutch composers). Since then we have documented the lives and work of more than twenty Dutch composers.
The Leo Smit Foundation knowledge centre collects and share knowledge about composers who were persecuted in the Second World War and who are therefore nearly forgotten.
The knowledge centre exists not only to fulfil research aims, but also to organise concerts and promote a concert ensemble.
This part of our website is still under construction. In time you will be able to see more catalogues of works and biographies of composers. As far as possible we will tell you where you can find scores and recordings.
The background on these pages is the manuscript for the 'Lento' movement in Leo Smit’s Sonata for flute and piano. It was the last work he composed before being deported. Less than two months later Leo Smit was executed in Sobibor.