“We feigned a normal life. We tried to forget that there was an impenetrable fence all around,” writes Coco Schumann. Michaela Haas has known Coco for over 20 years and brings her warmth and light to this wonderful feature story on The Ghetto Swinger.
This is a serious and important book, but entertaining to read. … The clear and unfussy translation from John Howard [is] illustrated by a fascinating range of photographs.
During the 1936 Olympics, as Nazi Germany was preparing its image of triumphalism for the world stage, the young Jewish musical prodigy Coco Schumann heard swing music for the first time. He was hooked. Little did he know then that this music would save his life….