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Song of survival.

Longstreth, Stephen. (Added Author). Hennings, Patricia. (Added Author). Colijn, Helen. (Added Author).

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 70 min.)) : sound, color
  • Publisher: [United States] : Janson Media : 2004.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Peninsula Women's Chorus ; Patricia Hennings, director ; narrator, Sydney Walker.
Summary, etc.:
They survived three-and-a-half years in a Japanese prison camp in Sumatra during World War II. But these courageous women had something special going for them: the great music of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Having no instruments but the human voice, they recreated from memory the complex symphonic music they had loved. Even as disease and malnutrition thinned their ranks, these Australian, Dutch and British women - missionaries, teachers, nuns, wives and children - used their unique choir to sustain a spirit that refused to accept defeat. Here is their remarkable story, told by the survivors themselves, aided by rare archival footage. The Peninsula Women's Chorus of Palo Alto, California, once again sings the rapturous music that made life endurable in a remote prison camp in Sumatra.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Palembang Internment Camp.
World War, 1939-1945 > Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
Concentration camps > Indonesia > Sumatra > History.
Women prisoners > Indonesia > Sumatra.
World War, 1939-1945 > Music and the war.

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