Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Overture

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pp. 1-10

I am, and have always been, the first to admit: I cannot carry a tune. I have known this at least since I was ten years old. Until from any suggestion that I might be deficient as a singer. This -and so much else-changed once I left our loving home in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for the Swiss children's home in which...

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One: Dear bird fly on

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pp. 11-32

I was born in 1928 in Frankfurt am Main-Frankfurt on the Main River-in Germany. My childhood, what little of it I had, was by any measure a happy one. My father sold notions for a living, and the family was comfortable but by no means wealthy. Wemy parents, my grandmother, and me, the only child-lived in a...

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Two: Thoughts are free

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pp. 33-66

The train ride was a long one, about ten hours, so we certainly went through all the songs we knew, exhausting our store of German, switching over to the Hebrew songs we had learned in school and synagogue, then back again. We crossed the Swiss border at Basel, where we were given cocoa and a snack, and I...

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Three: Our hope is not lost

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pp. 67-88

The women and men who ran Kinderheim Wartheim were not Zionists, but they were realists and must have assumed that when the war was over, most of us would be going to Palestine, then a British protectorate. So they were receptive to visits from a number of representatives of a group called Youth Aliyah,...

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Four: Je ne regrette rien

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pp. 89-110

The reason for my leaving Israel was a serious relationship that came along about the same time as my job teaching kindergarten. Through friends, I met a man named David. At the time he was a soldier, stationed nearJerusalem, but he wanted to be a doctor. Once we started dating, we and some friends, Miriam and...

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Five: If I can make it there . . .

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pp. 111-138

The reason for my leaving Israel was a serious relationship that came along about the same time as my job teaching kindergarten. Through friends, I met a man named David. At the time he was a soldier, stationed nearJerusalem, but he wanted to be a doctor. Once we started dating, we and some friends, Miriam and...

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Coda

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pp. 139-140

As you know, my late husband Fred was the musical one in our marriage. He sang beautifully and playedthe guitar, harmonica, and piano. It was Fred's doing that our daughter, Miriam, learned the piano, too; and our son, Joel, got his musical talent from Fred, not from me, that's for sure. Always, it was Fred who...

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Author's note

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pp. 141-143

When I first began thinking about this book, I assumed it would be a fun project, but it has turned out to be a very meaningful one as well. I had no idea at the start how important a role music has played in my life. When it actually came time to explore the musical connections to my past, though, I discovered many...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 144-144

In addition to the individuals mentioned in this book, I would like to "sing" the praises ofJerry Singerman, editor extraordinaire, who initiated the idea of this volume; Ben Yagoda, the excellent writer with whom I have collaborated on a number of books; and Pierre Lehu, my superb "minister" of communications...