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The Adolfas Diaries Book 1 Paperback – 2016
With the release of his film "Hallelujah in the Hills" in 1963, came recognition. HTH was the surprise hit of the Cannes Film Festival that year and it was awarded the Silver Sail at the Locarno Festival, followed by a screening at the First New York Film Festival and a 15-week engagement at the Fifth Avenue Cinema in New York. Through his editorship with bother Jonas of the magazine "Film Culture," he proved himself an early encourager - to have people think about films as well as enjoy them. He was also, when you spent time with him day-to-day, a twinkly-eyed magician, a master at turning gray skies blue. He could always make a party when boredom or misery threatened. His own past gave him plenty of opportunity to outwit misery: he and his brother spent part of their teen years first in a Nazi labor camp and then, post-war, in a succession of displaced-persons camps. His diaries, now lovingly and carefully edited by his wife, singer and arts producer Pola Chapelle, are, page after page, testimony to what is often too facilely called, the triumph of the human spirit.
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