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Text only red poster for a dance and concert performance by members of the St. Ottilien displaced persons orchestra

Object | Accession Number: 2008.385.2

Broadside preserved by Fania Durmashkin announcing a dance and concert performance featuring Wenery (Venus) Henny Durmashkin and members of the St. Ottilien ex-concentration camp orchestra in the American occupation zone in Germany. It is to take place at the City Theatre on Sunday, November 16, 1947, at 7:00. The St. Ottilien displaced persons orchestra, also known as the orchestra of survivors, formed at the DP camp in 1945, and performed Yiddish and Hebrew music and classical works in wartorn cities in the US and British occupied zones throguh 1948/9. Fania, a pianist, and her sister Henia, a folk and opera singer, members of the orchestra, were the only survivors of a well known 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 St. Ottilien. In 1948, Fania married a fellow musician and survivor, Max Beker, and, with Henia, they emigrated to the United States.

Artwork Title
Alternate Title
Evening of Dance
issue:  1947 November 16
issue: Germany
Object Type
Concert posters (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sonia Beker
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:18:41
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