The Lost Cellos of Lev AronsonBook - 2009
Presents a chronicle of the life and fate of Lev Aronson, the world-renowned cellist and Holocaust survivor, and the quest for his lost cello, confiscated during the war.
A chronicle of the life and fate of Lev Aronson, the world-renowned cellist and Holocaust survivor, and the quest for his lost cello.
To a musician, his instrument is a partner, an extension of himself.Frances Brent explores the fate of Lev Aronson and the prizedinstruments that passed through his hands as a way of understandingwhat was lost and preserved during the Holocaust. Born in Germany, butraised in Russia and Latvia, Aronson traveled through the music worldof Europe with great expectations and encountered its cultural collapsefirst hand.
In the Riga Ghetto and in German concentration camps Aronson isforced to reshape his own identity in order to survive. He loses hislover but marries a young dancer who helps him rebuild his life as amusician. In the camps, he “think-sings” the concertos he knows frommemory, establishing a sense of time and patience that gives him thestrength to survive. After the war, he became the principal cellist inthe Dallas symphony, renowned worldwide as a teacher of cello.
Brent paints a moving portrait of a Jewish musician who transcendedhis own personal losses to transmit the culture of musical Europe to ageneration of Americans.