Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946

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Pegasus Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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Zhanna, a young Jewish girl from Ukraine, also happens to be a gifted piano prodigy and is giving concerts by the age of six. When disaster strikes her hometown and her family is condemned to exile and execution, Zhanna manages to escape the famed Nazi death march to Dorbitsky Yar and uses her rare musical gift to help her survive. Performing and giving concerts for the occupying German troops as they move throughout Europe, Zhanna keeps her true identity a secret until a young American soldier with ties to Julliard adopts her. Upon her emigration to America, Zhanna's gift flourishes and she becomes one of the first Jewish refugees to enter Julliard.

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I spent the winter in a city I really didn't know or like and got lost in this book. For someone who has a short attention span, I could not stop reading. One of the Best books I have read in a very long time.

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A friend lent this book to me for reading. The story is about Zhanna and her sister Frina, two musical prodigies who survive the Holocaust due to their ability with music. The author does a good job ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Greg Dawson is the eldest son of Zhanna Arkashyna. Greg has been a journalist for over forty years and has worked for a variety of newspapers, including Boston Herald and Indianapolis Star. Greg is currently a columnist for The Orlando Sentinel. He lives with his wife in Orlando.

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