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Beethoven in Auschwitz

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L. V. Beethoven - Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 Renaud Capuçon, violin Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Masur
Last Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent, I came across a beautifully-written article on The Catholic Thing with the title Juliek and His Violin, written by Elizabeth A. Mitchell.
The article begins this way: 
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel recounts this exchange in his Auschwitz memoir,Night: I . . .I’m afraid . . .They’ll break. . .my violin . . . I . . . I brought it with me.
I thought he’d lost his mind.  His violin?  Here? It’s an expression of incredulity at the seemingly inane focus of his young friend Juliek on a violin amidst shockingly inhumane conditions.  For days, the inmates had been force-marched in an evacuation to Gleiwitz, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, and now, crammed together in a barracks, bodies are crushing atop another.  Death is imminent. Further down we read:  And in those conditions, to an audience of the dead and dying, …