My Polish Wisnia How My Grandfather Survived The Holocaust, Through Story & Song
Avi Wisnia shares the stories and songs of his late grandfather, Cantor David S. Wisnia. The “My Polish Wisnia” project traces David’s harrowing life journey from young Polish singing star to Auschwitz prisoner to American liberator with the 101st Airborne. Through it all, Cantor Wisnia’s remarkable singing voice helped save his life, especially in the Nazi concentration camp. Presented in multi-media presentations and concerts, My Polish Wisnia explores the importance of preserving David’s memories and experiences, as chronicled in his memoir “One Voice, Two Lives.” The project revolves around musical performances which highlight the powerful intergenerational connection between grandfather and grandson. The Wisnias most recently traveled to Poland to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, their journey featured in the PBS documentary “How Saba Kept Singing.” By sharing his grandfather’s story, Avi highlights the urgency of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive and passing on this legacy from generation to generation.
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I am honored to be doing this program with The National Museum of American Jewish History. Please join us online, wherever you are. “From Generation to Generation: Remembering the Holocaust in Story and Song” a program streaming live at Facebook.com/NMAJH or NMAJH Website Monday, April 20 at 6pm ET “In honor of Yom HaShoah – Holocaust […]
What does it mean to carry forward stories of the Holocaust?That’s what we will discuss in this virtual roundtable program event with 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of Holocaust Survivors.Tune in on Zoom – Free to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Read about my grandfather’s incredible story and his memoir: www.OneVoiceTwoLives.com Read about my travels with my […]
Music saved my grandfather in Auschwitz. Hear his story. I’m honored to be giving this virtual talk with the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity. “Avi Wisnia joins the museum Lunch&Learn Series where we hear from children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, notable speakers on timely issues, and historical experts; these programs aim to present perspectives […]
Remembering Cantor and Holocaust Survivor David Wisnia1926 – 2021 Cantor David S. Wisnia, 94, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. David Wisnia was a vocalist, composer, educator and beloved community leader. Later in life, he would use his powerful baritone to share with the world his remarkable tale of surviving the Holocaust through story […]
How Saba Kept Singing film trailer
BuzzFeed Video: "How I Escaped The Holocaust"
Moishelach Shloimelach song
Seattle Holocaust Center: "How Music Saved My Grandfather in Auschwitz"
David Wisnia Sings Prayer at Auschwitz 70th Anniversary Event in Poland
Museum of American Jewish History Virtual Program
“Remembering the Holocaust" Program at Bucks County UU
Levittown Legends, The David Wisnia Story
David Wisnia’s memoir, available in paper-back