Holocaust Survivor Band: "Music saved our lives"
Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz credit music for keeping them alive during the Holocaust, but both fell out of practice as they grew older. Last year, spurred by the death of musician and fellow survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, Dreier approached then-stranger Sosnowicz with a pitch: why not start their own Holocaust Survivor Band?
Now the spirited octogenarians and their klezmer band are the subjects of a New York Times Op-Doc by journalist Joshua Z Weinstein — or, as he bills it, "the Spinal Tap of Holocaust documentaries". All three join guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the transporting power of music during dark times, and why they're spreading the sound of joy and survival well into their golden years.