On this Heard in Central Florida you’ll hear remarks from Greg Dawson, author of Hiding in the Spotlight – A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival…spoken at the 16th annual Teachers Institute on Holocaust Studies presented by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Mitchell Bloomer, the Holocaust Center’s Resource Teacher, introduces author Greg Dawson Feature Length — 45:13
Local author and Orlando Sentinel news paper columnist Greg Dawson speaks about his mother – Zhanna, and her flight in 1941 from the German Nazi’s while she and her sister, Frina, hid their Jewish-ness behind her piano performances.
Dawson’s 40-minute remarks includes his 2-minute introduction to a film about his book, 9-minutes of comments directly related to the book and the research surrounding its preparation, and 27-minutes of personal responses to 9 questions spontaneously asked of him by the teachers present. Links to the films are below. Viewing the films will provide a more informed background to his remarks.
Additional links are included below to Greg Dawson’s web site as well as to the informative site of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, where you’ll find more information about their annual Teachers Institute and sections devoted to local aspects of the Holocaust.
During Dawson’s presentation, you’ll hear him address issues related to the book and his mother — such as the role his then 13-year old daughter played in launching the idea of the book…the fact that in 1941, Ukraine – not Poland or Germany — was the starting point of the mass elimination of the Jews…and, how the book evolved into a story of “small miracles and amazing coincidences.” Dawson’s remarks start with a comment on the importance of teachers teaching the history and origins of the holocaust.
Author and Orlando Sentinel news paper columnist
Teachers Institute on Holocaust Studies Host:
Content Related Links
- Audio: National Public Radio interview – Hiding In Spotlight, Jewish Pianist Survived WWII
- Dawson’s book Hiding in the Spotlight – A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival
- Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
- Sixteenth Annual Teachers Institute on Holocaust Studies