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Text only yellow poster for a performance by members of the St. Ottilien displaced persons orchestra

Object | Accession Number: 2008.385.3

Broadside preserved by Fania Durmashkin advertising a concert and dance performance by members of the St. Ottilien displaced persons orchestra, also known as the ex-concentration camp orchestra, or orchestra of survivors, formed at the St. Ottilien DP camp in Germany. From 1945-1948, they performed Yiddish and Hebrew music and classical works to audiences throughout wartorn cities in the US and British occupied zones. Fania, a pianist, and Henia, a folk and opera singer, members of the orchestra, were the only survivors of a wellknown musical family from Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania).The city, occupied by Germany in summer 1941, was destroyed in late summer 1943. The sisters were sent to labor camps, first to Kaiserwald, then to Dinawerke, Stutthof, Dachau, and Landsberg. As Allied forces closed in, the prisoners were sent on a death march. One day, the guards ran away and the prisoners were liberated on May 1, 1945, by American troops. Fania and Henia were relocated to a hospital in the St. Ottilien. In 1948, Fania married a fellow musician and survivor, Max Beker, and, with Henia, they emigrated to the United States.

Artwork Title
Grosjer Concert
issue:  approximately 1948
issue: Munich (Germany)
Object Type
Concert posters (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sonia Beker
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:18:42
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