Inspired by the true story of a Holocaust survivor, this picture book describes a Jewish boy's survival in a concentration camp. When separated from his parents during the Nazi invasion of Poland, a silver harmonica is all that he has left of his former life.
(Author: Tony Johnston)
“He worked us, beat us for no reason, without mercy. Yet he recognized beauty. I could not imagine how that could be.”Narrator
“I despised myself for every note, every harmonica-breath until one day a whisper grazed my ear. "Bless you." "For what?" I asked the dark. "Schubert." I slipped that into my pocket. Each night, like the very stars, my noted had reached other prisoners. "Play Jew!" The commandant spat, night after night. Night after night I touched the harmonica to my lips. I thought of my father, who had given it to me. Of my mother, who once had danced. And of prisoners, without hope, who might hear the notes and be lifted, like flights of birds. I played for them - with all my heart.”Narrator
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