IN PRAISE OF...
“Your writing is superb; I feel each word, keenly. Another excellent piece from you my friend. I feel your hunger, your pervasive thirst and it fills me up.”
--DEBORAH "DEB" RACHEL FILLER is an internationally acclaimed writer, actor, musician, and comedian. She has toured the world with her one-women shows Punch Me in The Stomach and I Did it My Way. Deb's father survived Auschwitz and was present at the Jewish Orchestra performance in which George Horvath played with Leonard Bernstein.
“The Cello Still Sings is a memoir that captures both the enduring trauma of the second generation of Holocaust survivors and the enduring healing power of music. It is a powerful, intergenerational narrative mix that reveals and illumines.”
--LAWRENCE SUTIN, professor emeritus, Creative Writing and Liberal Studies Programs at Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN, and professor of a low-residency program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His memoir Jack and Rochelle is about his parents, Holocaust survivors, who fought as Jewish partisans in Poland during World War II.
“[Leonard Bernstein] came face to face with the remnants of the unspeakable in the spring of 1948 when, as a twenty-nine-year-old on the cusp of world-wide adulation, he conducted an ensemble in Landsberg, Germany. Her father Gyuri (George) played the cello… in the very orchestra conducted by Bernstein… The consequences of that emotional music-making serve as brackets to the remarkable tale told in this powerful book by cellist Janet Horvath.”
--MARTIN GOLDSMITH, NPR Classical Music Host and author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
“The Cello Still Sings is a riveting memoir that captures Janet Horvath’s personal quest that led to uncovering her parent’s story and trauma during Nazi occupation of Hungary. In this beautifully written story, Horvath weaves contemporary life and her search for family truth, with ancestral richness alongside the horrific history of the Jews during WWII. She illuminates the healing power of music and how it was a thread that connected generations over time. My heart opened as I read this memoir. I cried and I stood in awe of the courage of this family.”
--ILANA (NANCY) ROWE, Professor of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University.
“Part memoir and part biography, Janet Horvath's The Cello Still Sings is an inspiring chronicle of her journey to unearth the story of how her father and sixteen other Holocaust survivors formed an orchestra shortly after their liberation. Readers will be left breathless as Horvath retraces her father's footsteps and reclaims his legacy--one of music, loss, and ultimately redemption.”
--JAMES A. GRYMES, National Jewish Book Award winning author of Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour
“Janet’s memories are a beautiful remembrance of her father and a living testament to the indelible power of music to transcend and unite. Her view of music from the inside out gives the reader a genuine sense of what it feels like to be a professional musician.”
--Maestro MARIN ALSOP, Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music
The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of 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. Please see video:
The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music, PageMill Press’ first book, is scheduled to be published in fall, 2021.