Sursis pour l'orchestre

 Sursis pour l'orchestre In , Fania Fenelon Was A Paris Cabaret Singer, A Secret Member Of The Resistance, And A Jew Captured By The Nazis, She Was Sent To Auschwitz Where She Became One Of The Legendary Orchestra Girls Who Used Music To Survive The Holocaust This Is Her Personal Account Of The Experience

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❰BOOKS❯ ⚣  Sursis pour l'orchestre Author Fania Fénelon –
  • Paperback
  • 262 pages
  • Sursis pour l'orchestre
  • Fania Fénelon
  • English
  • 02 June 2017
  • 9780815604945

10 thoughts on “ Sursis pour l'orchestre

  1. says:

    includes a harrowing description of the author s first days at Birkenau before she was rescued by the orchestra after half an hour s walk we arrived at the entrance to Birkenau we stood there naked, our clothes on the ground around us along with handbags and jewels furtive shadows with shaven heads picked up our belongings and took them away I felt less than human an ineffectual scissors hacked at my hair, which fell to the ground she used a rusty nicked blade to attack my head, armpits, and pubic hair no soap or water she clawed and scraped it should have hurt but I could scarcely feel a thing tattooing came next the number 74862 appeared on my forearm an icy shower arms pressed to our sides having no hair was the real humiliation our heads covered with crimson scratches

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    At Auschwitz Birkenau camp , there was a women s orchestra directed by Alma Ros , daughter of the quartet leader Arnold Ros and niece of Gustav Mahler Fania Goldstein a.k.a F nelon was part of this orchestra in which she sang and wrote musical arrangments She is one of the few survivors It s this story she wrote in this book based on her diary from the concentration camps It s remarkably frank on many sensitive topics the degrading compromises survivors had to make, the black humor of inmates the orchestra women are often depicted as laughing hysterically over gruesome subjects , the religious and national tensions among inmates, and the normality of prostitution and lesbian relationships Fania F nelon Alma Ros Fania and Alma Ros face the necessity of saving their own and their colleagues lives through the corruption of everything they hold most sacred their music Alma thinks that if her orchestra plays badly, they will be gassed All the women survive as best they can, their moral worlds gradually collapsing Fania s friend Marianne barters sex for food Alma lives for her music alone, insisting on the most rigorous standards among her players, even striking one of them for playing a wrong note For her, it s art that matters, not its audience The orchestra has to play special concerts for the sinister Dr Josef Mengele and Heinrich Himmler But Fania finds herself in a spiritual abyss when she realizes that her singing has moved Mengele, whom one imagines between two experiments ensuring that the orchestra welcomes in music trains carrying new convoys of deportees or the commander of the camp in tears listening to Schuman s R verie even after sending a contingent of prisoners to the gas chambers.And they have to play stirring tunes to jolly along the new arrivals Their services might be called upon by Mengele in his experiments to gauge the effects of music on the mad They might see members of their own family entering the camp as they bashed out enlivening pieces precariously re orchestrated for the motley collection of instruments to hand And it would be their job to lift the spirits and massage the sensibilities of the SS after another hard day of trying to enslave the rest of the world.It s a book that makes us think of life and death, what defines us as human beings and who we are The loss of a sense of who we are, both as an individual and as a human being, began the moment we entered the camp We become alien to the natural order, we fall out of any order of values that might define who we are I was no longer anything, not even a slave For me there was no longer either code or law p 20 In Birkenau, bits of oneself rotted and fell off without one s knowing they d gone p 106 And with the bits of oneself goes one s identity With the malnourishment, the women lost their menstrual cycles No longer part of life, they could no longer bear life there would be no new life to bear their memory or their names.Were Mendele and Himmler human beings Were the other Nazis at Birkenau Camp human beings The prisoners who brought prisoners corpse to give them to eat to their guardians dogs, were they still human beings The musicians of the Birkenau s orchestra who played marching music while prisoners were going to the gas chamber, were they human beings At what moment do we stop to be a human being and do we become a monster We can extract a lot of morals from this story But the general conclusion is that it s not because you re educated or you love classical music that you re human An appreciation for great music does not preclude murder.If I finished reading the book, this is because it was interesting It made me think, but I didn t like the way the author pictured herself as a saint and the others as villains As she recounted it, this is the story of small wickedness, meanness and other nasty tricks between prisoners than about the Nazi s cruelty And I felt as if I d already read it Did I saw the series based on this book I think not Perhaps this impression is due to all the other movies, television reports or documentary series about the same subject that I saw I don t know Anyway, I give it 4 stars.

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    I m a fan of Holocaust survivor stories This one however, rubbed me the wrong way I didn t like Fania, her story seemed twisted to put her in a good light at all times I actually watched a documentary that interviewed some of the survivors of this band, and many of them disagreed with her on several points While this story did actually happen in it bare bones, her retelling of it made it fictitious and dismissible.

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    In 2009, my mother was a part of a program called Desperate Times , which was a recreation of the women s Birkenau Orchestra She played mandolin in an orchestra with lay musicians as well as symphonic musicians They played in New York City at St John the Divine Cathedral, then took their performance to several former camp sites in Germany for Liberation Day celebrations and ceremonies.All of this sparked my interest in reading a first hand account of life in the camps.Some of the other reviews here disparage Fania Fenelon for her opinions and her romanticizing of life in the Birkenau camp, but they fail to realize that the few chosen to be musicians were living a life much romantic than those forced to labor or who were simply not chosen to be among the few.Given the choice to sing for your captors or to die slowly, painfully and with no music available, what would you choose It s a hard choice for anyone to make, but with the glimmer of hope to sing ones way to freedom, it seems like a no win situation Can you compromise yourself and your beliefs to gain a measure of hope and the ability to retain your music Fenelon tries to explain her rationale and to tell a story that is uncommon and little known.To address some of the points in the other reviews There are absolutely conflicting stories, but if you dig into them, mostly the differences are personal and perspective based While Person A may have personal issues with Person B, it doesn t invalidate the perspective of Person C that Person A was a nice lady All of the contradictions that can be found in documentaries or other writings are of the personal perspective sort It seems to me that many of the issues that others who were interred with Fenelon stem from her book becoming the most famous and, therefore, considered the most definitive No single book should ever be given the credibility to have told the whole story.

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    I remember seeing this as a made for TV movie back when I was 11 or 12 My mom and I watched it together, and I remember when I was at school the next day, most of my classmates had watched it as well It was our first experience with a Holocaust related movie, and it certainly left an impression on us I ve never forgotten that movie, and I recently found out that it was based on this book The book was excellent It, of course, had much detail than the movie and details that just would not have been appropriate in the early 1980s for a network movie I m always amazed at the strength people find when they are in the midst of traumatic and horrific circumstances I m glad Fenelon lived to tell her story and the story of those in Birkenau and then Bergen Belsen.

  6. says:

    I first read this story when I was only around 10 y.o Had I rsted it then, there is no question in my mind I would have given it 5 stars As an adult I realize she is portraying herself in an overly flattering light practically as a saint among heathens Still, this book made quite an impact These girls went though Hell and survived 4 gut wrenching stars.

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    Vanessa Redgrave Fania Fenelon Jane Alexander Alma Rose Maud Adams Mala Christine Baranski Olga Robin Bartlett Etalina Marisa Berenson Elzvieta Verna Bloom Paulette Donna Haley Katrina Lenore Harris Charlotte Mady Kaplan VaryaI think Fania did herself some favours in this memoir and mainly at the expense of Alma Ros Now that that has been said, I can tell you that this was breathtaking and Vanessa was superb.

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    written well after the face and it is fairly obvious that she has made her self look better than she probably acted This makes her come off as of a caricature and less a real person Good story though and fairly gripping I read it in Calais France sitting next to a German bunker from WWII and that really made the story that much poignant.

  9. says:

    It is an autobiography about a Paris cabinet singer who happens to be a Jew during the Holocaust She gets caught and thrown into an internment camp Out of hundreds, she becomes one of the lucky girls, few in numbers, who gets to be in an all woman orchestra Now she must sing minuet to get minutes.

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