The project is based on the book by Greg Dawson Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival, 1941-1946 (Pegasus, 2009) and is the story of a Russian/Ukrainian Jewish girl named Zhanna Arshanskaya who performed for Nazis during WWII in order to avoid execution. Ms. Arshanskaya later immigrated to the U.S. and became a prized pianist and professor of music at Indiana University. Her story was later made into a short documentary by Candy Dawson.
The Panel will include the author (Greg Dawson), filmmaker (Ms. Dawson), Dr. Hovanec (Tri-C professor and WWII scholar) and possibly Ms. Arshanskaya, if she’s in good health. The documentary will be screened and pianist Emanuela Friscioni will perform.
This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga Community College.
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