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Song of Survival

Longstreth, Steve; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
They survived three-and-a-half years in a Japanese prison camp in Sumatra during World War II. But these courageous women had something special going for them: the great music of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Having no instruments but the human voice, they recreated from memory the complex symphonic music they had loved. Even as disease and malnutrition thinned their ranks, these Australian, Dutch and British women - missionaries, teachers, nuns, wives and children - used their unique choir to sustain a spirit that refused to accept defeat. Here is their remarkable story, told by the survivors themselves, aided by rare archival footage. The Peninsula Women's Chorus of Palo Alto, California, once again sings the rapturous music that made life endurable in a remote prison camp in Sumatra.
Release Date
2004
Language
In: English
Notes
  • In Process Record.
  • Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Janson Media in 2004.
Publisher no.
1129623 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 58 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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