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Bruno S.

Abroad - From Berlin’s Hole of Forgottenness, a Spell of Songs
I thought this article from today's NY Times was a nice inspirational story to read on Christmas day about a real human survivor - Bruno Schleinstein.  Bruno, who was abandoned as a small child and lived in an orphanage, managed to learn several musical instruments along the way and was a part-time Berlin street musician. 

After appearing in a 1970 documentary, he was discovered by German New Wave film director Werner Herzog.  Herzog cast Bruno as the star of two of his movies: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) and Stroszek (1977).  I saw both of those movies when they came out much later in the 1990s on DVD.  It was clear in the movies that Bruno was carrying a lot of mental baggage, probably from those terrible early years he spent alone in institutions. 

Here's a clip from Stroszek showing Bruno S. performing in a real Berlin neighborhood.  In the NYT article, there is a also a recent video link of Bruno playing his instruments.

Bruno S. Performing In Stroszek

After the release of these two movies, Bruno S. dropped off the media map.

It was very inspirational to see that the resilient Bruno S. was still playing his music (and creating his artwork) in Berlin at age 76.  You go, Bruno!

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