Hiding in the Spotlight by Greg Dawson
A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946

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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 Juilliard.

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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 with his wife in Orlando.
Published June 27, 2009 by Pegasus. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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But in 1941, when Zhanna was 14, “the German army moved inexorably, and murderously, across the Ukraine.” As Zhanna’s family was marching toward the killing ravines, Dmitri urged his daughter to flee: “I don’t care what you do, just live.

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It chronicles the story of Dawson’s mother, piano virtuoso Zhanna Arshanskaya: from her incredible escape out of the Nazi killing fields of Ukraine, through her performances in the heart of the Nazi front in Germany, and on to her acceptance into the Juilliard School of Music in the United States.

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