Holocaust survivor and artist, Marianne Grant, was born September 19, 1921 and died December 11, 2007 aged 86. She survived three concentration camps largely thanks to a prodigious artistic talent. The title of a book she wrote in her 81st year, I Knew I Was Painting for My Life, starkly summed up her experience of being ordered to sketch death camp prisoners by the notorious SS doctor Josef Mengele. By clicking on the link below you will hear her story, reinterpreted for our 2005 touring play A String of Pearls – an interweaving of 16 stories (of some 200 we were sent) celebr
ating the courage of WW2 women and children who survived to tell the tale in the UK. The voice of Grandma is spoken by actress, Joanne Fenton who died on 24 August 2005 – just six months after the recording was made. She saw the Gala performance of A String of Pearls in May 2005 – 60 years after Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops..