El violí d'Auschwitz

El violí d'Auschwitz In Lagarul De Exterminare De La Auschwitz, Conditiile Inumane De Trai, Abuzurile, Pedepsele Si Spectrul Mortii Fac Parte Din Viata De Zi Cu Zi A Detinutilor Ca Daniel Lutier Evreu Din Cracovia, Acesta Supravietuieste In Infern Lucrand Ca Tamplar Comandantul Lagarului, Pasionat De Muzica Clasica, Descopera Printr O Intamplare Adevarata Meserie A Lui Daniel Si Hotaraste Sa L Puna La Incercare Lutierul Trebuie Sa Faureasca O Vioara Fara Cusur Daniel Se Supune, Fara Sa Si Inchipuie Ce L Asteapta Daca Nu Duce Sarcina La Bun Sfarsit

Maria Angels Anglada was a Catalan poet and novelist She was born in Vic, Spain in 1930 She received a degree in Classical Philology at the University of Barcelona She died in 1999 Her first novel, Les Closes, won the Josep Pla Prize Her 1985 novel Sand lies d escuma Sandals of Foam won the Lletra d Or prize.

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  • 13 November 2018

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  1. says:

    Maria Angels Anglada was an award winning Catalans author Her worked garnered her many prizes during her life, including the highest writing award bestowed in Catalan Her novella The Violin of Auschwitz details the true story of how a violin maker named Daniel used his skill as a luthier to escape the clutches of the death camps Daniel came from a religious family in Cracow that before the war had been violin makers When the Germans took over Poland and forced all Jews into ghettos, Daniel s mother and sister succumbed to heartbreak His father survived the ghetto but not the war, and the only family he had left were his fianc Eva and a niece Regina, who was fortunate enough to be taken in by gentiles for the duration of the war Knowledge that both were still alive gave Daniel the strength to survive each horrid day in Auschwitz Upon finding out that Daniel the carpenter is really a violin maker, an SS officer places a bet with a doctor that Daniel could not construct a violin rivaling one of Stradivarius Working around the clock with assistance from his friend Bronislaw the violinist, Daniel overcomes hunger and weakness to build a masterpiece His craft and a little luck allows him to live past the date set by the bet As in the majority of Holocaust narratives I have read, the imagery here is difficult to digest Anglada s use of prose to describe music contrasts with the bleak outlook of life in Auschwitz Told in flashback by a contemporary violinist who is a friend of Daniel s niece, Daniel s story is meant to provide hope amid the brutalities of the Holocaust This is the first novella of Anglada s that I have read Some of the prose may have been lost in translation from the Catalan, but it is still a beautiful story I would read her other novels if they are available in English and rate The Violin of Auschwitz 4 bright stars.

  2. says:

    I have read many Holocaust stories and they have all touched me profoundly this book a novella actually , The Violin of Auschwitz was not an exception This is a sort of story within a story It begins in 1991, with a woman performing a concert with a perfectly pitched violin A fellow musician is enthralled with the beauty and the way this instrument sings and approaches the woman to find out its story Regina, the woman, tells the history of the violin It was crafted by her father, Daniel, while imprisoned in Auschwitz The crafting of this violin turns out to be the result of a bet between the Kommandant of the camp and a sadistic camp doctor If Daniel can craft the instrument within a particular amount of time, the Kommandant wins a case of Burgundy wine if not, the doctor will then be permitted to use Daniel in his cruel, torturous experiments.This, and every other Holocaust story, never fails to astonish me with the bravery exhibited and the resilience of the human spirit These stories move me and leave me filled with hope, that even facing the most unimaginable horror and evil, human beings and these human beings in particular , can manage to retain that essential goodness and hopefulness that makes us uniquely human Even though this was barely than a short story, I was captivated by Daniel s story and I realized when I approached the end of the book, that I had been holding my breath in anticipation of discovering Daniel s fate.There is a passage which I think sums up perfectly the resilience and inner goodness and hope which was demonstrated by Daniel and all the prisoners of Auschwitz. hearing in the distance shouts directed at the newly arrived prisoners, he marveled that his heart had not completely died, that he could feel for others, that compassion for others now could spring from him like a tiny blade of grass emerging not from some wasteland but from the rich earth despite the months of cold, hunger and threats, his body bruised by beatings, the tremendous effort to stifle the cries when he was whipped, learning not to long for anything, not to think of anything beyond the immediate despite it all, his heart was alive Beautiful I am just sorry that this story was so short.

  3. says:

    Emily Dickson defined so well the element of pain when she wrote Pain has an element of blank It cannot recollectWhen it began, or if there wasA time when it was not.It has no future but itself,Its infinite realms containIts past, enlightened to perceiveNew periods of pain And pain, both mental and physical, make up the fabric of this beautifully poignant but also somewhat brilliantly depressing novella.I don t normally read books about the Holocaust as although I empathise with what happened to the Jewish people in the camps, I find literature of this period in history generally very depressing I only found out today through research that it is in fact a genre, which somewhat surprised me Gerald Levin states Little is known about how traditional literary genres came into existence More is known about recent genres but most discussions of genre treat them synchronically, without consideration of their historical developmentThe literature of the Holocaust is usually discussed as a class of literature defined by its subject the destruction of European Jewry by Germany, chiefly in the years between 1942 and 1945, and not by its form Thus the statement of Elie Wiesel, A novel about Auschwitz is not a novel or else it is not about Auschwitz Mr Levin added The pattern of the literature was established after the Second World War by diaries and journals that survived the Holocaust, notably those of Anne Frank and Emmanuel Ringelbaum, and later those of Chaim Kaplan, Moshe Flinker, Janusz Korczak and Primo Levi These writers not only witnessed the Holocaust but sometimes confessed helplessness or incomprehension of events I cannot even begin to imagine how these survivors felt after the event, knowing what they had seen and lived through would be eternally retained in their memories It s horrifying to even contemplate That s the main reason why I never read Sophy s Choice I saw purely the film but even with the brilliant interpretation by Meryl Streep, it was painful to watch Sophy did indeed have a rather brutal choice to make The poignancy and the desperation in the minds of these Jewish prisoners and the sheer brutality of life in the concentration camps, and also knowing that there was only one way out.So you re probably thinking why did I decide to read The Violin of Auschwitz Well, firstly it was the word violin one of my two favourite musical instruments the other being the cello in the title and secondly, the write up which clearly demonstrated the author s thinking process and it certainly appealed to me, called to me in fact Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty and interspersed with chilling, actual Nazi documentation The Violin of Auschwitz is than just a novel It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity And finally, I knew for sure that I would be enthralled by this book And that was certainly the case In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvellously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin And so through Regina, we hear the incredible life of her uncle Daniel, which is a mixture of poignant, haunting beauty and yet in parallel with unbelievable horror, but the catalyst is the self effacing but determined survivor, Daniel, a Jewish luthier He s at Gehenna, in the Three Rivers Camp, one of the relatively small Auschwitz sub camps but he was fortunate in that he had been placed to work for Commander Saucel, a refined but sadistic giant of a man.This man was inherently evil and it was interesting to read about what finally happened to him and in tandem with the other villain, Dr Rascher, the camp s doctor, whose main thrill and reason for being was experimenting on the human body.The days are long and hard though, with very little food basically turnips and Daniel finds himself becoming weaker and weaker He s constantly tired and wonders how much longer he can stay alive His luck turns though when he s asked about his occupation and he automatically answered with the half lie of carpenter, cabinetmaker He felt that it sounded better than luthier It s strange that his thought process would have gone in that direction as he was finally asked to make a violin Well one day, the Commander decides that Daniel would indeed make him a violin I wondered why until I read that Sauckel collects musical instruments and there s the inference that they may have been stolen which certainly appears likely.So thanks to making the violin, life was slightly better now no beatings, no whippings, a little food but what he hadn t realized was that Saucel had entered into a bet with Dr Rascher regarding the tonal quality of the violin If the violin is up to the Commander s satisfaction, he ll receive a case of Burgundy wine from Dr Rascher but if it isn t, well Daniel will go to the experimenting doctor It transpires that Rascher prefers beer to wine, the inference being that he s interested in acquiring people, i.e bodies, for his experiments as opposed to things such as wine.But it s Daniel s determination to finish the violin that gives him that tiny effort to stay alive regardless and the author so exquisitely describes his struggles, his thoughts of Eva and his pre camp life.There s even mention of Oskar Schindler which seemed fitting the kind eyed guest, a friend of Tisch s, a man by the name of Schindler, a benevolent goy It is Bronislaw, Daniel s friend in the camp, who finally plays the violin for the commander and what a wonderful outcome.And what finally happened to Daniel And as for the violin itself What happened to that Well the only way to find that out is to read this spellbinding book.

  4. says:

    Read this short novel over breakfast this morning which involved my failing to start any other work until 930 but it was worth the need for any catch up It is the story of Daniel a young jewish violin maker, technical term Luthier, who is taken from Warsaw and imprisoned in the horror of a concentration camp Here he struggles with the bestial cruelty and unpredictability of the Nazi guards and along with the other men he is caught up just in the need to survive but for him his great gift, his great talent gives him a strange lifeline The commandant, a brutal and vicious sadist, makes a pact with the equally appalling camp doctor and Daniel is ordered to make a violin to rank with a Stradivarius and, unbeknownst to him, they lay a bet on the success of the creation If it is acknowledgably wonderful, the Commandant wins a case of Burgundy Wine, if it is not, Daniel will be condemned to be used in the Doctor s experiments.The power of this little work is the way the disgusting nature of this cruelty sits so bizarrely alongside the beautiful descriptive passages of his lovingly creating, in the midst of the horror, a wooden miracle which can sing out and above the evil I do not know where Anglada learned her knowledge or love of wood and its properties but it is very emotive.She writes astoundingly powerful sentences which echo and resound and as always the beauty of the work of the translator, here a woman called Martha Tennent, has to be acknowledged too The sun began shamelessly to unravel the fog, banishing it from the sky and the name of the murdered were swept away by the wind, removed to nothingness or again he marveled that his heart had not completely died, that he could still feel for others, that compassion for other men could spring from him like a tiny blade of grass emerging not from some wasteland but from the rich earth.These are two little examples of her prose which hasn t the slightest shade of purple and yet is truly lovely

  5. says:

    Barren, sterile, lifeless prose The premise is inspiring many years later, an old violin becomes a point of departure for the reconstruction of the travails of its Jewish maker, once a prisoner at Auschwitz, who had attempted to rescue his life and dignity through his craft This story would have turned out well in the hands of a better writer, but this time round, the promise is lost Abandoned 43%

  6. says:

    Sve pri e takvih doga aja su tu ne, te ke. Samo su neke ispri ane bolje, a neke lo ije Kada izostane emocija, ve ima dojam da netko samo pri a pri u, zna da e ju vrlo brzo zaboraviti.

  7. says:

    Ne mogu re i da je ovo lo a knjiga, ali mislim da joj nedostaje jo malo razrade Na svojih 172 stranice govori o jednoj zaista te koj temi, jednom od odvratnijih razdoblja povijesti i spaja to sa arolijom glazbe i ljudskim duhom koji je sposoban sva ta pre ivjeti, no nekako nije me previ e dotakla Lijepo je pisana zaista je, samo mi je sve to nekako djelovalo hladno Solidna, ali ne pretjerano pamtljiva knjiga.

  8. says:

    It is always delicate to evaluate a story about the Holocaust, because documentary and literary value sometimes can vary a lot For this story my judgment is really mixed It may be useful for new generations to be introduced to the greatest horror of the Second World War in a somewhat softer, elegant way than through a raw confrontation with reality, but you have every right to think that only a direct confrontation with that horrible reality is appropriate Maria Angels Anglada in this book has chosen the middle way she offers us the story of the Jewish violin maker, Daniel, who has ended up in a concentration camp and undergoes the inhuman regime there but by a combination of coincidence and boldness he gets the assignment to build a new violin in the camp, which of course also succeeds Never mind the frivolous origin of the order a bet between SS officers for a case of whine , for a while Daniel mentally escapes the abhorrence of camp life That s it, nothing to it, I m afraid.The story is well balanced and is actually brought as a story within a story But it s a bit mangling in credibility, and in a certain sense it s too obviously focused on emotional effect But at the beginning of each chapter, Angels Anglada has placed real SS documents which, due to their official sobriety, give a slap in the face, and in that sense this booklet does convey something of the incomprehensible insanity that was the holocaust To me Primo Levi s If This Is a Man still is the holocaust book that touched my soul the deepest.

  9. says:

    Luthier A maker of stringed instruments a violin maker This was a new word for me and I ll be looking to use it in word games.There are plenty of holocaust stories As difficult as they are to read, as horrible as the real life they reflect, somehow most of the stories that come to us are stories of perseverance, a will to live, in the face of such hell This little novella is one of them Though I might have wanted , it does what it set out to do I may look for by this author, but I will also look for by this translator Only because of its brevity am I giving it 4 stars.

  10. says:

    Maria ngels Anglada brings the history of the violin made by Daniel, the Jewish luthier, during his internment in the Auschwitz concentration camp, to vibrant life.The story opens with the playing of the violin by Regina in the present time Her relationship to the craftsman becomes apparent about half way through the book, but is not fully revealed until nearr the end.The brutality of the Nazis in the WWII camps is vividly described in such a way that the reader can feel the day to day tension The prisoners live on a knife edge between survival and horrific punishment, or even death Their fortune always hangs on the balance and depends on the moods of their captors as much as on their own actions Should one stand to attention and salute when a German officer enters the room, or continue with one s work until spoken to The answer to that question varies, as do the consequences of the answer Every day is filled with gambles of life for every prisoner.Amidst all of the stress and anxiety, Daniel is awarded the opportunity to create a perfect musical instrument for the Camp Commandant His chance comes when he observes a fellow prisoner, a violinst called Bronislaw, being berated by the Commandant for playing bad notes Daniel can hear the fault in Bronislaw s violin, and knows exactly what it is Risking his life, he steps forward to point out a split in the shoulder of the instrument He is allowed to make the necessary repair, demonstrating his expertise.Suitably impressed, the commandant orders Daniel to make the perfect violin and allows him to choose his tools and materials.Daniel knows that failure could put his life on the line.The translation from Catalan to English by Martha Tennent must be good, as the strength of feeling, which must have been in the original, comes shining through There is some tiny thing, which I can t quite identify, which is lacking in this book, for me, but it is well worth four to four and a half stars I would thoroughly recommend it to any of my friends.

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