Frank “Misa” Grunwald

Frank “Misa” Grunwald was born in Czechoslovakia in September of 1932. Four months later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Growing up as a young boy in Prague, Frank’s family had to move to Terezin with the rise of the Nazis. From there, he was taken to Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk, and Gunskirchen as a victim of Nazi oppression.

As a boy, Frank played the piano and the accordion. While exposed to some of the most horrific people, places, and events of the Holocaust, he was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love for art and music. It was his love for art and music that ultimately saved his life.Now 88 years old, Frank continues to share his story and play the accordion.

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