Chapters 1–3

Music, Love, and Survival
Part 1: Piano Lessons

In this part of her performance, Mona describes Lisa’s last lesson with her piano teacher, Professor Isseles. Lisa plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and a Scherzo by Chopin. Then the professor tells Lisa that he will no longer be able to teach her because she is Jewish.

Note: In this part of the performance, Mona refers to events from Chapter 1 of the book.

Questions to Discuss With Students