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Adolph Baller

Born: Jul 30, 1909

Death: Jan 23, 1994

Birthplace: Brody

Nationality: United States

Adolph Baller

Date of Birth : Jul 30, 1909
Date of Death : Jan 23, 1994
Birth Place : Brody

Baller was born in 1909 in Brody, Galicia, then part of Poland. At age 8, he went to Vienna to study piano with a former student of Franz Liszt and at 13 he performed with the Vienna Philharmonic. In March 1938, Nazi soldiers learned that he was a pianist and a Jew, and arrested him, beat him and crushed his hands. Baller's fiancee, Edith Strauss-Neustadt, interceded on his behalf with the Polish Consul in Vienna and helped to restore his hands so that he could resume his career. The couple escaped to Budapest, where they were married before coming to the United States in 1938.

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