Sunday, February 23, 2014

DO RE MI


My first introduction to the horror of the German Nazi's was a Christmas film that I watched every year. I really can not recall how old I was when I first saw "The Sound of Music" but I do remember it made an impression.

It was a pretty soft core introduction into the evil of Nazi totalitarianism. The family Von Trapp forced to escape their homes because their father refused to serve in Hitler's Navy.

The most poignant memory I recall was my confusion with Rolfe the boyfriend to eldest daughter Liesl, who so quickly adopted the propaganda and became a Nazi youth soldier. The handsome, well mannered boy became the biggest threat to Liesl and her family. How could he, and all of the society around him park their humanity at the door.

Of course history classes, Anne Franks's letters, Shindlers's List, The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas, The Reader, The Book Thief and a host of documentaries on the death camps revealed the true horror of the regime and what was allowed to occur.

This past week Maria Von Trapp died at the ripe old age of 99. She was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers.

“The Sound of Music” was based loosely on a 1949 book by von Trapp's second wife, also Maria von Trapp. In 1938, the family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria.

It is reassuring to know that in the face of evil people like George Von Trapp, Miep Geis and the hundreds of thousands of others who risked, or gave up their lives to retain their humanity.

I only hope that if ever put in a similar situation, that I would have the conviction of my beliefs even in the face of death.




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