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The Violin/A Child's Testimony

The Azrieli Foundation | The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

Rachel Milbauer, a vivacious and outgoing music lover, hid silently in an underground bunker in Nazi-occupied Poland for nearly two years. After the war, a recovered violin, case and photos hidden away by Rachel’s beloved Uncle Velvel became cherished symbols of survival and continuity. Saved by inner fortitude, luck and the courage and caring of friends and strangers, Rachel and Adam met and fell in love, and set about building a new life together. Half a century later, a chance remark inspired Rachel to explore her memories. Always at her side, Adam chose to break his long self-imposed silence in the only way he could.


Rachel Milbauer was born in 1935 in Eastern Galicia and Adam Shtibel was born in 1928 in Komarów, Poland. In the mid-1950s, the Shtibels moved to Israel, where Rachel obtained an MA in microbiology. In 1968, the family moved to Canada, settling in Toronto.

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