Va. exhibit explores songs of social change

— A new exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society is exploring music that defined the Civil War and civil rights eras.

The recently opened “Revolutions: Songs of Social Change” exhibit is on display until January.

The exhibit stems from a partnership with the General Assembly’s M.L.K. Jr. Memorial Commission as part of the the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

It features American music memorabilia such as Pete Seeger’s banjo head, an original copy of the Battle Hymn of the Republic and an 1859 handwritten version of Dixie.

The exhibit is broken into six sections: patriotic, sentimental, spirituals, freedom, dixie, and ballads.

Virginia Historical Society officials say songs are cultural touchstones used to convey ideas, inspire patriotism, reward sacrifice, and encourage loyalty.

Fund, Germany agree on aid for Nazi victims

BERLIN — A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has reached an agreement with the German government for Berlin to provide some $1 billion in homecare for victims.

A spokeswoman for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said recently that about 56,000 survivors in about 46 different countries will receive financial support under the agreement for a four-year-period from 2014-2017.

Hillary Kessler-Godin, speaking by phone from New York, said the amount of financial aid for each person will depend on individual needs and circumstances.

The agreement was negotiated Thursday in Jerusalem with the German Ministry of Finance, which did not reply for comment. The fund also provides survivors with other welfare services like food, medicine or transportation.

Associated Press