The great cello survivor turns 90

On Friday, surrounded by family and music, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch will celebrate her 90th birthday.

Anita survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She came to London in 1946 and became a focal member of the musical community, a co-founder of the English Chamber Orchestra,  a moral presence wherever music was made.

In this new interview for the Royal College of Music archive, Anita talks about her childhood in Breslau (Wroclaw), studying in Nazi Germany with Leo Rostal, making music in Auschwitz with Mahler’s niece, Alma Rosé… and so much more. Of survival she says: ‘It was arbitrary…. I was lucky.’


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  • Anita was also interviewed in the film “The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life,” the story about Alice Herz Sommer

  • What a wonderful lady – and a wonderful ‘antidote’ on a day when a 94 year old ex-guard at the camp was sentenced to prison in Lüneburg for his crimes!

  • There are those whose goodness, inner strength and calm enables them to rise above tyranny, oppression and the general lot of mankind. They are to be treasured, for they are what we should be.

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