Alma Rose: Vienna to Auschwitz

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Performing Arts - 408 pages
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(Amadeus). Alma Rose's tragic story, from her birth and youth in the exalted musical circles of Vienna (her father was leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, her uncle was Gustav Mahler) to her death at Auschwitz, first came to public attention through the 1980 film Playing for Time . As leader of the only women's orchestra in the Nazi camps, by force of her will and spirit, she molded a terrified group of young musicians into an ensemble that became their sole hope of survival. And although Alma herself died of a sudden illness shortly before the liberation of the camps, she saved the lives of some four dozen members of the orchestra. In telling her full story for the first time, Richard Newman and Karen Kirtley honor her and the valiant prisoner-musicians for whom music meant life.
  

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Contents

Alma Maria Rose
17
Musical Royalty The Background
19
A Fine Musical Nursery
32
War
42
DoubleEdged Sword
53
Waltzing
69
Blood and Honor
84
Anschluss
90
Mandels Mascots
226
The Music Block
249
Escape into Excellence
260
The Orchestra Girls
278
Frau Alma
287
Death in the Revier
298
Reverberations
310
Memories of Alma
325

Black Wednesday
102
Another Blow
115
The Need to Sacrifice
124
Rebirth
135
Musical Fortress
156
Council of War
174
Flight
188
Enter Alois Brunner
199
Instant Nightmare
211
Notes
329
Interviews and Major Sources
357
Bibliography
362
The MahlerRosé Family
376
The Womens Orchestra of AuschwitzBirkenau
378
Camp Glossary
384
Index
389
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About the author (2003)

Richard Newman is the author of over 200 books, articles, and reviews in African-American studies. He is currently research officer at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Prior to this, he was managing editor of the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Mr. Newman resides in Massachusetts.

Karen Kirtley, a freelance editor based in Portland, Oregon, teaches advanced editing in the Portland State University publishing program. She is most recently the editor of Pendleton Round-Up at 100: Oregon's Legendary Rodeo. She co-wrote, with Richard Newman, the biography "Alma RosAA(c): Vienna to Auschwitz, " now available in German and Hebrew as well as the original English.

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