The year is 1927. The place is Vienna, Austria. Franziska captivates Franz with her adolescent beauty. They have separate ambitions, but they dream about them together. And just when these dreams are finally being realized, Adolf Hitler changes their course forever.
The author has written a revolutionary memoir of her parents that is multifaceted in flavor and detail. First and foremost, Serenade is a love story. Secondly, it is an atypical Holocaust love story. And thirdly, it is an operatic love story that illustrates how music can raise the human spirit, save the human spirit, and give the human spirit hope.
From Vienna and Prague to Cuba and the United States Franz and Franziska are forced to flee from Adolf Hitler's lair. The flavor of each locale can literally be tasted and inhaled by the reader.
Never before has a book depicted scenes in operas in such detail and connected the operatic theatricality with historical events and a true life love story. This nonfiction memoir reads like a novel, yet it is jam-packed with data that educates.
Franz's tragedy turns out to be his savior. And the two immigrants find a taste of the American dream in the magic world of Hollywood.
Although Carol Jean tells the story of her parents' struggles and joys, her own voice shines through so that this memoir becomes a tribute from the author to her parents, which is at times poetic, and has the capacity to move those who read it.
Carol Jean began by simply writing words on a page. However, throughout the process of creating Serenade, she was forced to analyze her own trials in the context of her family heritage, which has enriched her life so that the book has become dear to her and taken on a life of its own, which she is happy to now share with her readers.
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Table of Contents
Introductory Note From the Author 1
Prologue: A Memorial Park 3
Chapter 1 A Café and More 9
Chapter 2 Pötzleinsdorfer Strasse 130 19
Chapter 3 Blütengasse 9 33
Chapter 4 Around and About 47
Chapter 5 Bits and Pieces 59
Chapter 6 Discovery 79
Chapter 7 The Lobau 93
Chapter 8 Wiener Staatsoper; Burgtheater 101
Chapter 9 Musikvereinsgebäude 109
Chapter 10 Beginnings 119
Chapter 11 The Opernball 127
Chapter 12 Björling 137
Chapter 13 Paul Eger 145
Chapter 14 Beckmesser 155
Chapter 15 Henlein and the King 175
Chapter 16 Annexation 181
Chapter 17 Dr. Bartolo 199
Chapter 18 Mobilization Day 209
Chapter 19 Broken Glass and a Café 221
Chapter 20 Christmas Eve 237
Chapter 21 The Hideaway 243
Chapter 22 Good-Bye… 251
Chapter 23 On the Rialto 267
Chapter 24 Cine General Salom 275
Chapter 25 Panama Gold 285
Chapter 26 Triscornia 297
Chapter 27 Good and Bad 309
Chapter 28 Saving Face 331
Chapter 29 The Park 343
Chapter 30 The Voice of Freedom 347
Chapter 31 Encounters 353
Chapter 32 Trials and Tribulations 363
Chapter 33 HIAS to the Rescue - Again 375
Chapter 34 "The Star-Spangled Banner" 383
Chapter 35 Turning Point 395
Chapter 36 Hollywood Hope 405
Chapter 37 Eliot Ness, DeMille, and Me 415
Chapter 38 A Sad Farewell from Theresienstadt 431
Chapter 39 Snapdragon 437
Chapter 40 Home 451
Epilogue: The Memorial Park 463
Appendix: Chapter Notes 469