17 March 2007

A Hungarian child survivor speaks

I recently listened online to an Australian radio interview with neuropathologist Peter Lantos who survived Bergen-Belsen as a 6-year-old.

Lantos speaks about his experiences before, during and after the war, his family and his book, Parallel Lines.

Margaret Throsby is the interviewer, and the piece contains several interludes of music selected for specific reasons by Lantos, from Duke Ellington's Take the A Train to the Largo movement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin.

Of Ellington, Lantos says, after the Hungarian Revolution he listened to the Voice of America's music programs, and the jazz took him from Communist Hungary to more open horizons.

To hear the interview, click here. Go to Recent Interviews and scroll to Peter Lantos.

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