At the beginning of the German occupation, somewhere close to Riga, a  very young man  left for some errands;  which  save his life- when he comes back , there  is  nothing, no one.  After the war,  he is an engineer at Latvenergosbit.  It is he who collects records and listens to music at home; later, a  part of the collection emigrates  with him – what was allowed to take – these records are to this day kept in Brussels.

A side comment- no prominent musician of the twentieth century comes from families with musician-parents. Hirshhorn – senior wanted all this life to play the cello. Wanted. But never did. 


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