Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

1939 - 1945

Auschwitz survivor


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    Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was born in Breslau, Germany to a Jewish family. During WWII she was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Auschwitz and Belsen, two of Germany’s most horrific extermination camps. Here she describes how her ability to play the cello earned her a place in the orchestra at Auschwitz. To a large extent this was to save her life: ‘If I’m dead, there was nobody else to play the cello…It’s as basic as that’. Anita survived the war, emigrating to England in 1946. She became a founder member of the English Chamber Orchestra. This interview took place in 2000.


    This photograph was taken in January 1945 and depicts the gate and railways at Auschwitz after its liberation by Soviet troops. Copyright Getty Images.

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