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PLAYING FOR TIME

Fania Fénelon

  • Original Title: SURSIS POUR L'ORCHESTRE
  • Publication date: December 1976
  • Publisher: STOCK
  • Country: FR
  • 396 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: France, Poland
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Survival, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Racism, Violence, Totalitarian regime, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Disease, War and other conflicts, LOVE / HATE, Destruction

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In 1943 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.

Comments

The book was made into a television film, Playing For Time, directed by Linda Yellen using as script a dramatic adaptation by Arthur Miller, and starring Vanessa
Redgrave.

A new French edition will be published on the occasion of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the release of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Fania Fénelon was a French pianist, composer and cabaret singer, who survived the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. In 1973 - 75, with Marcelle Routier, she wrote SURSIS POUR L'ORCHESTRE, a book about her experiences, based on the diary she kept at the concentration camps.

Summary

A memoir by Fania Fénelon, who in 1943 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.

The orchestra, conducted by Alma Rose, a niece of Gustav Mahler, gave concerts for 11 months in 1944 under orders of the SS, even performing for Heinrich Himmler.

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    Fania Fénelon was a French pianist, composer and cabaret singer, who survived the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz and the Holocaust. In 1973 - 75, with Marcelle Routier, she wrote SURSIS POUR L'ORCHESTRE, a book about her experiences, based on the diary she kept at the concentration camps. It was made into a television film, Playing For Time, directed by Linda Yellen using as script a dramatic adaptation by Arthur Miller, and starring Vanessa Redgrave.