A Bit of Good News - Music, mice and masterpieces
January 11, 2024 - Vol. 3, Issue 2
Survival through song
In difficult times, Saul Dreier turned to music.
During World War II, his parents and and more than two dozen family members were murdered by the Nazis. For four years, he was forced to work under threat of death at the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp in occupied Poland and the Mauthausen concentration camp in occupied Austria. It was a dark time, yet while he was imprisoned for being Jewish, Dreier taught himself to play the drums using two soup spoons. To stay sane, he and the other prisoners sang at night.
“It helped me survive,” he told The Washington Post.
After the Americans liberated him in 1945, Dreier spent several years living in a refugee camp in Italy. However, once he immigrated to the U.S., he became a construction contractor, married and started a family.
Life was good so Dreier stopped playing music. In fact, he didn't play again until 2014 when, at the age of 88, he purchased a new set of drums and formed the Holocaust Survivor Band with his friend and fellow concentration camp survivor/keyboardist Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz.
Since then, the Holocaust Survivor Band -- which also includes numerous rotating musicians who are either Holocaust survivors or descendants of survivors -- has played klezmer music (Jewish folk music) in schools, retirement homes and concert halls. The band was the subject of a 2020 documentary, and has even performed for President Joe Biden at the White House.
Dreier is now 98 and he's still making his "happy" music in the hopes that it will inspire peace "all over the world.”
I hope so, too. Play on!
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The "incredible" clutter cleaner
Here he comes to save the day! And he will put that Welshman's junk away. Placing nuts and corks upon the tray, For Tidy Mouse is here to stay!
Rodney Holbrook recently noticed something odd. He'd leave his messy shed at night and in the morning, it would be organized. Curious, the 75-year-old wildlife photographer from Powys, Wales, decided to find out what was going on.
One evening, he placed a night vision camera on his workbench and started to record. What he discovered was that he had a tiny mouse-keeper:
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Making a masterpiece... with a vintage typewriter
LAST WEEK’S POLL
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
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* Singing or playing a musical instrument
* Dedicating a song to someone you love
* Dancing with abandon to your favorite tunes
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” --Elie Wiesel
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thanks to Saul Dreier, Amazon, Freevee, The Washington Post, YouTube, The Daily Tar Heel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Canada, Forward, Genius, BBC News, The Guardian, Jen King, WWF, Blake Cheek, Unsplash and Deposit Photos for art and story suggestions.
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