Henny Durmashldn comes from a highly musical family in Vilno
Henny's father, Aldva Durmashldn, was a pioneer in the field of
liturgical music. He was world renowned because of his professional
association with the most famous cantors of our generation, in the
city synagogue of Vilno.
Henny's brother, Wolf Durmashkin, was a child prodigy. At the age
of six he had already appeared as a pianist before concert audiences.
Later on, he had excelled as the celebrated conductor of the Vilno
Philharmonic. Such was his devotion to music that even while
imprisoned in the Vilno Ghetto he succeeded in organizing an excellent
symphony orchestra and Hebrew chorus. Thus his was the first and
decisive impetus towards the development of an active cultural life
in the Vilno Ghetto.
Henny's sister, Fanny Durmashldn, is a gifted and accomplished
pianist, and a former pupil of the Vilno-Conservatory. She was the
backbone of the Jewish Representative Orchestra in the American
zone of Germany. Fanny has a daughter, Sonia Beker.
Henny Durmashldn, herself a former student of the Vii noConservatory,
possesses the ral'"e musical quality of conveying a song
to the heart of an audience. This exceptional ability has made Henny
the most beloved and celebrated singer of the Sheel'"it-Hapleita.
Henny appeared with the Jewish Representative Orchestra, at the
Nurenberg Opera House, before the International Tribunal. Leonard
Bernstein, musical director and brilliant conductor of the New York
Philharmonic, while on a concert tour in Germany, accompanied
Henny on the piano. Henny is the mother of three children, Vivian
Reisman, Rita Lerner, Abe Gurl(o and has six grandchildren.
In this country Henny and Fanny appeared with great success on
radio, stage and various other activities.
Freitog ojf der nacht,
Kachol yam hamaim,
Tzu eins, tzwei, drei,
Isrolil, Ich will aheim