Arrested by the Nazis on Kristellnacht 1938, she was sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp and then to Auschwitz where her musical talent saw her forced to join the Women’s Orchestra and saved her life.She spent the last five months of the war in Belsen before testifying at the Nuremberg Trials, exposing the horrors of the Nazi death camps. A celebrated musician, he joined ENSA during the war, entertaining the troops together with such famous names as Vic Oliver, Harry Roy, Billy Cotton, Vera Lynn and Ann Shelton.Finally, the violin comes to his daughter Natalie who has written her family’s extraordinary story lest the world should ever forget global events against which the journey of this 'beautiful instrument' is told."It went on the journey with the family – suffered with them; rejoiced with them.He asked about that and was told most were likely to be people trafficked.
The aim was now to sponsor 21 girls who were in a hostel and with enough sponsors the capacity could increase to 30.
Author Natalie Cumming signed copies of her new book 'The Fiddle' when she addressed Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club.
She told a meeting of members and guests that the story she had to tell was important and the atrocities that happened to so many people, not just Jews, during the war.
The planting by members of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club, as part of Rotary International's Purple4Polio initiative, also marked the End of Polio Now campaign day (today).
Busily working at the front of the Abbey were left to right Rotarians Julian Wells (club president), John Yeomans, and Chris Heaven.