Ida Haendel teaches PolesDaily Comfort Zone
The great violinist left Poland in the mid-1930s when she was eight years old.
She quickly learned English and French and had little further use for her first language.
But seventy years on, in 2003, she returned to give a masterclass in Warsaw, teaching in fluent, flawless Polish.
which goes to prove mother tongue is never lost
Her mother tongue was yiddish
AnD POLISH as is the case with my parents
She restores my faith in civilization that once upon a time Ida Haendel walked the earth. Time for me to delve into her recording legacy. Thank you for pointing the light on this incredible artist.
As far as I know she was fluent at least in five languages. Maybe more.
not uncommon trait for Europeans