Where: Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S. St. Petersburg FL
When: Wed Dec 12 6:30pm – 8pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Location: Florida Holocaust Museum
Cost: Free to AllFlorida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.flholocaustmuseum.org or 727-820-0100.
Hiding in the Spotlight. A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival.
Greg Dawson, a columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, will share a compelling survival story of his mother, Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson. Zhanna was a young, talented pianist when the Nazis invaded Ukraine. She hid under an assumed non-Jewish identity and survived thanks to her musical genius by playing the piano in a musical troupe that entertained the Germans. "Just live" her father told her when she last saw him. Zhanna and her sister who performed with her are the sole survivors from their family. Her son, Greg Dawson, grew up without knowing his mother's powerful story. Zhanna didn't want to burden her children with her traumatic experiences. When she finally shared it he recounted it in the book "Hiding in the Spotlight. A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival." Through the Pardoll Family Lecture Series our audience can now learn about Zhanna's survival.The program will be followed by Q and A and book signing with Greg Dawson, Author.