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The controversial life and death of the violinist who led a women s orchestra in the Auschwitz death camp With Alyn catch up on the history linkI think it is terrible that so many key Nazis escaped to lead ordinary lives in S Americas Mengeles became an illegal abortionist in Brazil for a time before and after Adolf Eichmann was tracked down by Mossad moving to Paraguay. Part Family Biography, Part European And Holocaust History, This Book Traces The Life Of Violinist Alma Ros , Along With That Of Other Members Of Her Illustrious Musical Family, From Her Birth In In One Of The World S Foremost Cultural Capitals To Her Death In A Nazi Extermination Camp In It Will Be Particularly Fascinating And Wrenching To Anyone With Similar Roots Alma Was The Niece Of The Famous Composer And Conductor Gustav Mahler, At The Time Director Of The Vienna Opera, And The Daughter Of Arnold Ros , Concertmaster Of The Opera Orchestra And The Vienna Philharmonic And Leader Of His Own Renowned String Quartet Her Older Brother Alfred Became A Noted Pianist, Conductor, Composer, And Teacher Alma, Named After Her Aunt And Godmother, Alma Mahler, Was Taught By Her Father And, Both Inspired And Intimidated By The Family S Musical Tradition, She Became A Fairly Successful ViolinistIn , She Established A Girls Orchestra Called The Viennese Waltz Girls, With Which She Toured Throughout Europe As Conductor And Soloist, And Which Surprisingly Had Her Austere Father S Blessing Because Of The High Quality Of The Playing Her Marriage To The Famous, Dashing Czech Violin Virtuoso V Sa Pr Hoda Soon Ended In Heartbreak And Divorce Disaster Struck In , When Hitler Annexed Austria, Whose Population Welcomed Him Enthusiastically The Country S Always Latent Anti Semitism Erupted Swiftly And Violently Though The Ros Family Were Completely Assimilated And Had Even Converted To Christianity, Arnold Immediately Lost His Orchestra Position And Pension His Wife Was Ill And Died That Year, Leaving Him Stranded Financially And Emotionally Alfred And His Wife Managed To Flee To Holland, England, And Eventually Canada, Where He Died In Alma Mistakenly Thought She Was Protected By The Czech Passport Gained Through Her Marriage With Dauntless Determination, And With The Help Of Old Friends, Including The Famous Violinist Carl Flesch, She Got Her Father And Herself To England Only Months Before The Outbreak Of World War II The Ros Quartet S Cellist And Former Principal Of The Vienna Philharmonic, Friedrich Buxbaum, Had Arrived There Earlier He Later Joined The Re Formed QuartetSo Far, Alma S Story Parallels My Own Born In Vienna Years Later To Musical Parents Who Encouraged My Violin Studies, I Grew Up Near Enough The Ros House To Encounter The Illustrious Concertmaster Not Only On Stage But On The Streetcar We Witnessed Hitler S Triumphant Arrival, But Our Czech Passports Enabled Us To Escape To Czechoslovakia When Hitler Caught Up With Us In , We, Too, Managed With The Help Of Friends To Get To England Just Before The War A Few Years Later, I Was Thrilled To Be The Violinist In A Trio With The Venerable Buxbaum, Who Still Played With The Facility And Tone Of A Man Half His Age Here The Resemblance Ends While We Survived The War In England And Ultimately Came To America, Alma Was Tempted By Performing Opportunities To Leave The Comparative Security Of England For Holland, Where Her Career Flourished And She Earned Enough Money To Help Her Father She Was Still Fulfilling Engagements When The Germans Overran Belgium And The Netherlands Her Efforts To Get Back To England, Or Join Her Brother In America, Failed Staying With Friends, She Was Almost Picked Up By The Nazis Despite A Hastily Arranged Marriage To An Aryan Dutchman, And In She Went Into Hiding, Tried To Get Into Switzerland, But Was Betrayed, Arrested, And Deported To Auschwitz Birkenau From Here On, The Story Takes On A Surreal Character Shortly After Her Arrival At What Has Been Called A Wound In The Order Of Being, It Was Discovered That Alma Was A Violinist, And, In A Grotesque Replay Of Her Past, She Was Asked To Take Over A Poor, Threadbare Musical Ensemble Of Women Inmates By Sheer Courage, Fortitude, And Determination, She Turned This Motley Group Into A Viable Orchestra, Training And Coaching The Players Arranging Music For Its Ill Matched Instrumental Makeup, From Mandolins To Sopranos And Driving Herself And Her Musicians To Exhaustion Gaining Unprecedented Stature And Exploiting Some Of The Most Brutal Camp Functionaries Love Of Music, She Saved Her Musicians From The Gas Chambers And Also Obtained Some Favors And Privileges For Them Forty Years Later, One Of Them Said That There Is Not A Day When She Does Not Remember Alma And Thank Her Alma Herself Succumbed To An Undiagnosed Illness, Which Deepened The Mystery Surrounding HerAuthor Richard Newman Made Friends With Alfred Ros And His Wife In Canada In The Impetus For Writing This Book Was The Publication Of A Memoir Called Playing For Time By Fania F Nelon, A Singer With Alma S Orchestra, Which Gives A Very Harsh Portrayal Of Her Newman S Search For The Real Alma Lasted Years And Took Him Around The World His Sources Are Family Letters, Interviews, And Correspondence With Family, Friends, And Surviving Members Of The Orchestra, Lending The Book An Overwhelming Immediacy And Authenticity Included Are Mahler And Ros Family Trees, Many Pages Of Photographs, A Map Of Auschwitz Birkenau, And A List Of The Orchestra Players The Section Dealing With Camp Life And Death Is Written In An Unemotional, Reportorial Style Full Of Facts And Figures That Approach May Have Saved Newman S Own Sanity, And, By Its Incongruity With The Grisly Content, It Both Blunts And Heightens The Impact Of The Indescribable, Unimaginable Details It Recounts This Is A Book To Numb The Mind And Sear The Soul Edith Eisler THe first half of the narrative was quite dry and drawn out, with lots of bland listings of specific musical works played and practiced, and lots of name dropping Unfortunately, the result was that the characters came across as haughty, selfish and unsympathetic By the second half of the book, which describes Alma s work as a musician in the camp, a bit feeling came into the book Certainly Alma was a brave woman under terrible conditions in the camps, but overall, I was surprised how relatively unemotional this book was in comparison to other Holocaust memoirs I ve read. Very moving and unsentimental. The controversial life and death of the violinist who led a women s orchestra in the Auschwitz death camp. Extraordinary in its painstaking unsentimental telling of this extraordinary life from the creme de la creme of high society to the death camps. While I didn t particularly care for Alma Rose, her story is interesting The book tends to be of a list of what music was played on what date, so it is a bit dry I was surprised to hear that there was an orchestra in Auschwitz Although this part isn t in the book, her brother and his wife ended up moving to London, Ontario. I had never heard of Alma Rose before I picked this book up at a yard sale which I did because of my interest in all things Holocaust I never would have touched it had it not had the word Auschwitz on the cover There would always be a part of me that would know, deep down, I was deprived, not knowing this woman s story.Alma Rose was an incredible person Her story offers a beautiful picture of strength, endurance and remarkable clarity in the face of unending brutality She was strong enough to save almost 50 women who would have died in the gas chambers had it not been for Alma.Alma Rose was an incredible person.Her story is one of inspiration Her story needs to be known.