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Wolf Deane remembers music from the Lodz ghetto

Language: English

Wolf Deane plays the song composed and sang by Jews in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. This testimony clip and melody is featured in the short film Melodies of Auschwitz.   

  • Wolf Deane remembers music from the Lodz ghetto

    Language: English

    Wolf Deane plays the song composed and sang by Jews in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. This testimony clip and melody is featured in the short film Melodies of Auschwitz.   

  • Victor Aitay

    Language: English

    Mr. Aitay, received his first violin from his father at age 5. He was a Concert Violinist in his native Budapest, Hungary, and later became the Concertmaster for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He plays Bach's Adagio First Sonata on his Guadagnini violin.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: April 14, 1921
    City of birth: Budapest
    Country of birth: Hungary
    Ghettos: No
    Went into hiding: No
    Other experiences: Hungarian Forced Labor Battalions, Protected Houses (Budapest), Displaced Persons Camps

     

  • Klara Benjamin Belkin

    Language: English

    A gifted cellist from an early age, Mrs. Benjamin-Belkin became the main Cellist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada. She plays Bach's Prelude in G Major on her cello.

    Gender: Female
    DOB: November 6, 1929
    City of birth: Mezőtúr
    Country of birth: Hungary
    Ghettos: Szeged ghetto
    Camps: Bergen-BelsenWent into hiding: No
    Other experiences: Displaced Persons Camps

     

  • Chaim Goldberger

    Language: English

    Cantor Goldberger sings a Chapter of the Psalms-a prayer of thanksgiving- often recited by his father, the Chief Cantor at the main synagogue in Copenhagen.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: May 6, 1938
    City of birth: Copenhagen
    Country of birth: Denmark
    Camps: No
    Ghettos: No
    Went into hiding: Yes
    Other experiences: Fled from Nazi-controlled territory (Denmark to Sweden) in 1943

     

  • Ruth Apfel

    Language: English

    Mrs. Apfel, a pianist, plays Chopin's Valse de l'Adieu, (Farewell Waltz), which she played for her friends in 1942, at age 13, when saying goodbye to them. They were all running away to save their lives.

    Gender: Female
    DOB: March 3, 1929
    City of birth: Bedzin
    Country of birth: Poland
    Ghettos: No
    Went into hiding: Yes
    Other experiences: Hid in: Angoulême (France), Le Puy (France)

     

  • Henry Rosmarin

    Language: English

    Jewish Holocaust Survivor

    Mr. Rosmarin plays Schubert's Serenade on his harmonica, one of the pieces he played during his incarceration in the concentration camps. His ability to play the harmonica helped save his life during the war.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: October 7, 1925
    City of birth: Czeladz
    Country of birth: Poland
    Ghettos: Bedzin ghetto, Czeladz ghetto
    Camps: Buchenwald, Dyhernfurth, Gross Rosen, Schönebeck, Fünfteichen, and Karwin Concentration Camps
    Went into hiding: No
    Other experiences: Displaced Persons Camps

     

  • "Concentration Camps" or "Labor Camps" were facilities in which people were incarcerated on the basis of their political and/or religious beliefs or ethnicity, usually without regard to due process.

  • This theme focuses on how the Nazis forced large numbers of Jews into restricted housing areas, often enforced with walls, fences, and/or guard towers. Movement in and out of the ghettos was strictly controlled and violation was punishable by death.

  • These testimony segments focus on physical concealment (as an individual or part of a family) to avoid ghettoization, incarceration, deporation, or other forms of persecution

  • These testimony segments focus on descriptions of home life, family events, religious observances, and education before the occurrence of genocide.

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