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Liesel, Suse, Ilze and Gerda A memorial
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MI 3211 C269Li
Violin and Keyboard
Library Collection Publisher / Label
Unpublished, printed by CMC / Inédit, imprimé par le CMC
For violin and piano.
Also exists in versions for viola and violoncello.
Commissioned by Julian Armour.
Photocopy; master copy of the score and part in CMC Toronto.
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In the early months of 1945, Allied forces were beginning the final push to liberate Eastern Europe. In a futile attempt to escape the Allied advance, a group of Nazi SS Guards assembled a column of women and children prisoners and began a desperate forced march across the Czechoslovakian countryside. From January 29 to May 7, with almost no food, no shelter and woefully inadequate clothing, the group was driven forward with relentless and ruthless brutality. Just one day before the end of the war, the SS Guards abandoned their prisoners in a ruined bicycle factory in Volary, Czechoslovakia, and disappeared into the nearby woods. Of the 2000 women and children who began the march, only 195 remained alive when they were liberated by American troops.Four of the members of the column were teen-aged friends Liesel Steppe, Suse Kunz, IIze Kleinzahler and Gerda Weisman. One by one, Gerda watched as her friends died on the march, and she vowed never to forget. She married the American soldier who first found them in the bicycle factory and now, 50 years later, as Gerda Weisman-Klein, she has finally been able to tell her story in the 1995 documentary, "One Survivor Remembers".Liesel, Suse, IIze and Gerda is a memorial to the spirit of these young women and all the others who died on this tragic and senseless march.Liesel, Suse, IIze and Gerda exists in three versions - for violin and piano, for viola and piano, and for violoncello and piano.
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Extent of Item
1 score (7 p.) + 1 viola part (2 p.) ;
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