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What the Night Sings

Vesper Stamper

In Stamper’s debut 16-year-old Gerta Rausch is a Holocaust survivor who must come to terms with who she is and try to rebuild her shattered life. Before she was taken to Auschwitz, Gerta lived in Germany with her musician father and spent all of her time training in viola and opera. She only learned of her Jewish heritage when she and her father were forcibly removed to the camp in 1944. Although her father died in the gas chamber, Gerta was allowed to play in the camp orchestra which spared her life. After the British liberation, she was sent to a displaced persons camp where she met fellow survivor, Lev. Together they became part of the Zionist movement and traveled to Palestine where Gerta hoped to build a new life and return to the music she thought she'd lost forever.