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The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and the Transformative Power of Music

Janet Horvath

The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and the Transformative Power of Music

 

Janet Horvath

The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and the Transformative Power of Music, an absorbing creative non-fiction story, centers around George Horvath, the author’s father, who from 1946-1948 played hundreds of morale-building concerts in Displaced Persons camps throughout Bavaria for Holocaust survivors like himself. Leonard Bernstein, the legendary young maestro, was at the helm of the seventeen-member Jewish orchestra for two of these concerts, bringing solace to thousands of refugees. George and Janet, both professional cellists had always loved to talk shop, yet this story is disclosed the last year of George’s life. The concerts with Leonard Bernstein in Germany, become the catalyst enabling Janet to discover the truth about her history. She finds the original signed program, photographs with Bernstein, and a documentary, clues that lead her to discoveries about her parent’s experiences and her upbringing darkened by the Holocaust’s shadow. Seventy years later, in the very place her father performed with Leonard Bernstein, Janet is the cello soloist for a reconciliatory program in Landsberg, Germany.

 

The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and the Transformative Power of Music, PageMill Press’ first book, is scheduled to be published on April 8, 2021, the designated date of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2021, which is commemorated annually by Jewish communities.

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