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Ronald Headland

Vanier Music teacher publishes his second book on the Holocaust

Ronald Headland is a member of the Vanier Music Department, where he teaches piano, as well as courses in piano, vocal, and orchestral literature, and music theory. In addition to his career in music, he is also a visual artist and historian of the Holocaust. On the latter subject, he has lectured in Canada and in Europe and has published a number of articles as well as two books. His first book was Messages of Murder: A Study of the Reports of the Einsatzgruppen of the Security Police and the Security Service, 1941-1943, (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1992).

His second book on the Holocaust has just been published (November 1998), and is co-authored with Naomi Kramer, Education Director of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. This book is titled The Fallacy of Race and the Shoah and is published by University of Ottawa Press. The book places the story and experiences of one survivor, Peter Kleinmann, within the larger historical unfolding of the Holocaust.

As a visual artist Ronald Headland has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In the past his paintings were entirely abstract, but in recent years the human figure has appeared in his work, largely a reflection of his study of the Holocaust.


Although a classical musician, Headland has long been interested in other areas of music, in particular the songs of Bob Dylan. In 1996, he formed a group called Any Day Now, devoted to performing Dylan's music. The group consists of Vanier Music Department colleague, Robert Jones, and seven Vanier music students. Following successful performances at Vanier College, a CD was made in May 1998 of a live performance by the band at the Web Site Café in Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Québec. A glowing review of the concert was published in The Gazette of April 30, 1998.


Click on the "Any Day Now" CD jacket (left) for a 25 sec. sample of the song "Forever Young" (270k).