A personal reflection by Leo Rosner’s daughter on his eventful life as a musician in Poland and Australia.
On his wedding night in 1943, Leo Rosner was taken to a Nazi labour camp in Poland, run by commandant Amon Goeth. He had to play his piano accordion together with his brother on violin at Goeth’s parties. Leo credits his instrument with saving his life, as Oskar Schindler loved his music and later rescued him and his family.
In Melbourne, Leo became a much loved musician, performing at countless occasions and venues. Through his music, he helped a post-war Jewish community celebrate the milestones of three generations.