Inherit the Truth, 1939-1945
The Documented Experiences of a Survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen
by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
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A chilling first-hand story of the destruction of a talented Jewish family, and of the survival against amazing odds of two young sisters. The author, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, and her elder sister Renate escaped death at the mercy of the SS and the Gestapo during two-and-a-half years of living the reality of the Holocaust.
Luck, determination, courage and ingenuity all played their part in the sisters’ miraculous survival. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch went on to co-found and be a renowned cellist in the English Chamber Orchestra
Large paperback, pp168 + 16 pages of plates.
This copy of the rare book is in Good condition (crease line down the length of the back cover, some curling to the text and back cover, otherwise extremely smart and clean).
Published in London by Giles de la Mare Publishers, 1996. This rare book is for sale as a paperback original, this copy being the first reprint.
Did You Know?
The author, once a cellist in the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz, for which she partially owes her survival, featured in BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs broadcast on 25th August 1996.
“The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. One of the most distinguished members of the English Chamber Orchestra, she has toured all over the world with them.
However, as she will be telling Sue Lawley, up until the early 1980s, she always refused to visit one country – Germany. For it was from there that her Jewish parents were taken away by the Gestapo, never to be seen again. From the age of 18, she herself was taken away to Auschwitz. There, because she was able to play the cello, she survived, and played in the camp’s orchestra. However, when she was later moved to Belsen, she nearly didn’t. She’ll be talking about playing in the orchestra at Auschwitz, about the importance of music in sustaining life both then and now, and about her feelings towards Germany and the Germans more than 50 years after the events of her early life.”
(Thanks to the British Broadcasting Corporation)
Desert Island Discs is one of the longest-running radio programmes in the world, first appearing in 1942 and still being broadcast, now running to over 2900 episodes. Each week an invited guest has been interviewed about their lives, and selected eight musical pieces to take with them to an imaginary desert island, along with one book, and one luxury item. What can you imagine would be the choice of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch?
If you wish to download the entire radio broadcast, you may do so here. There is no charge for this pod cast.