Early Life

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HENRY LEWY

The Man Behind The Music

A Documentary Film

 

 

EARLY LIFE

Henry Lewy was born in 1926 in Magdeburg, Germany, a small city outside of Berlin. His family was prosperous, but the fortunes of the Lewy family -  along with all of the Jewish families of Europe changed the night of November 9, 1938, the night known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass". In two days, over 250 synagogues burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were trashed and nearly all of the Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes in Germany and Austria were looted and pillaged.

 

The Nazis came for Henry's father at 5am that morning and dragged him off to a concentration camp. Henry's father was briefly released just before Christmas and with the money they had left, he bribed passage for his family to England. They escaped Germany, the night Hitler invaded Poland.

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