Monday, January 5, 2015

Best Story of the Day: The Holocaust Survivor Klezmer and Multicultural Band Does Las Vegas

As Gene Simmons of KISS says-you want to compare hard luck stories? His family was entirely wiped out by the Nazis-he wins. 

So yeah, don't pity yourself too much, especially considering how some Holocaust survivors were able to cobble together good lives, have families and freaking rock out in Las Vegas at this age!

I mean ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?

(Why no audio clip-just a suggestion, Tablet people if you are reading this...)

You have to read the whole thing. I love it:

"This past April, Saul Dreier, a retired real-estate man now living in Coconut Creek, Fla., read an article about the death of Alice Herz-Sommer, a 110-year-old survivor and accomplished pianist who’d survived a concentration camp by playing music. When Saul read it, he woke up his wife—he had an idea."

 “Clara!” he cried, “I have to do something!” He told her about Alice’s life story and that he wanted to start a Holocaust survivor band in her honor."

You’re crazy,” his wife said.

"A few days later, Dreier, who was born in Krakow, and survived Mauthausen and two other Nazi concentration camps between 1942 and 1945, approached his rabbi after Shabbat services. He repeated the story he’d told his wife and explained how he’d felt inspired to start a band."

You’re crazy,” his rabbi said."

"After thinking about it, Saul concluded, “I don’t care who says what crazy, how crazy, I’m putting together this band.

"He went to a music store and spent a thousand dollars on a new drum set. Then he went looking for bandmates."