The Piano Lesson | Steven Suskin

July 22, 2014 11:15 PM

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The Piano Lesson | Steven Suskin

On a Friday afternoon in Vienna in 1938, fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Lisa arrives on the trolley for her lesson to discover that Mahler Street has suddenly been renamed Meistersinger Street. Her teacher sorrowfully, shamefacedly sends her away; a new ordinance commands that teaching a Jewish child is forbidden. Weeks later, she watches from her window while her father is beaten and humiliated in the street below. It is November 9, 1939: Kristallnacht.

Papa was out, that night, gambling; he has managed to win a precious ticket for the Kindertransport, a program in which 10,000 children were allowed to leave Nazi-controlled countries for shelter in Great Britain. While Lisa--performed by her daughter, concert pianist Mona Golabek, in The Pianist of...

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