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In Hebrew characters - A Literary Music Concert: Two Hours in this World

Object | Accession Number: 2006.133.5

Advertising poster for a literary music concert saved by Perec Brandt (later Percy Brand) while he was living in and performing at a displaced persons camp in Germany from 1945 to 1949. The poster features the photographs of the four Yiddish quartet members, including Perec holding his violin, and lists the works selected for the concert program. Perec was the concertmaster of the Riga Latvian Symphony Orchestra in 1940 when the Soviets annexed Latvia. In June 1941, Latvia was under German occupation and Perec’s wife, daughter, and son were murdered by the SS Einsatzgruppen [mobile killing unit]. Perec was forced into the Riga ghetto, and later transferred to Riga-Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Buchenwald concentration camps. In Buchenwald, he was ordered to play his violin for the commandant and was rewarded with extra rations. He kept his violin with him throughout his imprisonment and even slept with it. He was liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945, by the United States Army. Perec weighed 50 pounds at liberation. He joined the Kibbutz Buchenwald, part of a displaced persons camp. Postwar, he performed with his violin in various DP camps where he met and married Grunia Lewin (later Gertrude), a survivor of Dondangen II, Stutthof, and Mühldorf concentration camps. They immigrated to the United States in February 1949.

creation:  after 1945-before 1950
creation: Europe
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Brand
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:59:14
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