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The Survivor: The Power of Music

Catalogue Number:  CTV137
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Guidance, Health, History, Holocaust, Jewish Studies, Music, Social Sciences, Sociology, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  21:57

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Ninety-year-old Louis Bannet lives with the unspeakable horror of his years in Nazi prison camps. A child violin prodigy, Louis was a trumpeter and popular jazz bandleader in Europe prior to WWII. Forced into hiding by Nazi persecution, he was captured by the Gestapo in 1942 and transported to the death camp, Birkenau. Spared, because of his musical gifts, he played in the camp orchestra, which played marches as prisoners marched to work or to their deaths. After the war, in Montreal, Louis became the main attraction at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and had his own TV show. Today, his wartime trumpet is on display in the museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

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