Hiding in the Spotlight: Book summary and reviews of Hiding in the Spotlight by Greg Dawson

Hiding in the Spotlight

A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946

by Greg Dawson

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Hiding in the Spotlight by Greg Dawson
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009
    272 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Zhanna, a young Jewish girl from Ukraine, also happens to be a gifted piano prodigy and is giving concerts by the age of six. When disaster strikes her hometown and her family is condemned to exile and execution, Zhanna manages to escape the famed Nazi death march to Dorbitsky Yar and uses her rare musical gift to help her survive. Performing and giving concerts for the occupying German troops as they move throughout Europe, Zhanna keeps her true identity a secret until a young American soldier with ties to Julliard adopts her. Upon her emigration to America, Zhanna’s gift flourishes and she becomes one of the first Jewish refugees to enter Julliard.

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"Dawson skillfully weaves the story of her life and music into a vibrant tapestry, tattered and torn, yet triumphant." - Publishers Weekly

"A patiently recounted narrative, especially informative about Nazi atrocities in Ukraine." - Kirkus Reviews

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Greg Dawson

Greg Dawson is the eldest son of Zhanna Arkashyna. Greg has been a journalist for over forty years and has worked for a variety of newspapers, including Boston Herald and Indianapolis Star. Greg is currently a columnist for The Orlando Sentinel. He lives in Orlando.

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