Berlin to Bonfils: A theatrical life

Posted on June 26, 2009

Henry Lowenstein was born July 4, 1925, and grew up in Berlin, where his parents hosted nightly parties for artists of all kinds. One of his father’s best friends was composer Kurt Weill, who worked out his masterpiece “The Three penny Opera” on the Lowenstein family piano. Lowenstein’s war stories are harrowing. At 13, he was part of an illegal scout troop that met in secret to swap tips on staying alive. “We were na├»ve as hell,” he said. But we were doomed if we stayed.”

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