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Text only poster for a performance by St. Ottilien DP orchestra

Object | Accession Number: 2008.385.1

Broadside preserved by Fania Durmashkin advertising a performance by the Venus (Wenery) Durmaszkin (Henny) and a student ballet and folk dance ensemble in the American zone of occupation in postwar Germany. It was to be held on June 16, 1949, at 7:30 pm in the Mining House. Members of the St. Ottilien displaced persons orchestra, also known as the ex-concentration camp orchestra, or orchestra of survivors, were also on the program. From 1945-1948, this group performed Yiddish and Hebrew music and classical works in wartorn cities in the US and British zones. Henia, a folk and opera singer, and her sister Fania, a pianist, 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 inmates were sent on a death march. One day, the guards ran away and the prisoners were liberated on May 1, 1945, by US troops. Fania and Henia were relocated to a hospital in the St. Ottilien displaced persons camp. In 1948, Fania married a fellow musician and survivor, Max Beker, and, with Henia, they emigrated to the United States.

Artwork Title
issue:  1949 June 16
issue: Germany
Object Type
Concert posters (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sonia Beker
Record last modified: 2022-05-23 16:10:14
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