For a musicologist born in 1921, Michał Bristiger is going great guns. With two new books out and an evening of vocal and keyboard music in his honor on October 23 at the Warsaw Opera, Bristiger enjoys unusual cultural resonance.
Born to a Polish Jewish family in the small shtetl of Jagielnica in Ukraine, Bristiger (whose father Nathan was an ardent Zionist), began medical studies in Lvov, which were interrupted when the Nazis invaded the city in 1941. He escaped to Italy, where he spent the rest of the war studying both medicine and music.
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