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The Musician: Let the Music Play On

From Bergen-Belsen to the higher echelons of British classical music: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has travelled an extraordinary journey. In the Summer issue of The Musician, Anita speaks exclusively to the Musicians' Union about her life story.

From Bergen-Belsen to the higher echelons of British classical music: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has travelled an extraordinary journey.

A chance comment about her musical talent was her ticket to survival after she was incarcerated in Auschwitz in 1943, where she spent two years playing in the female orchestra Frauenorchester.

She was later liberated from Bergen in 1945 and travelled to Britain where she enjoyed a successful career as a cellist, playing with luminaries such as Benjamin Britten.

In the Summer issue of The Musician, Anita speaks exclusively to the Musicians' Union in a frank interview that follows her story from prosperous beginnings as a middle-class German Jew to the nightmare of the Holocaust and beyond to her life in the UK.


Published: 05/06/2015
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