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Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin
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Sep 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

It was very interesting to learn more about Beethoven and that time period. It was especially enthralling to read about Denmark's success in protecting Jewish people from persecution in WWII -- with doctors in Copenhagen organizing safe havens in hospitals & clinics; boat ferries and even liners secreting Jewish away to Sweden from the northern fishing villages; political interventions and pressures that kept Danish Jews from being sent away from safe camps to be killed in others. And, the Jewish were welcomed back, often to clean/newly-painted and even stocked homes kept for them until their return. Wow! That is something to be proud of. Back to Beethoven: what an incredible story of suffering & pain. Oh, and lead was the problems; there were no signs of mercury or opiates in his hair samples, which means he stayed alert but in great pain until his dying breath. Also interesting is the culture of people who have such passion for Beethoven and his memorabilia.
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