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Chapters below from Papers, Please reflect the Levins' pertinent interviews with Anna and Hirsch Bieler, recorded on cassette tapes 1978-1981 in Elkins Park PA and Palm Beach FL. Interviews with Halina Neuman were recorded 1982 in her NYC apartment and Central Park. Interview tapes were transcribed, edited, and corrected or augmented by Anna and Hirsch through 1985. Decades later these transcriptions were  re-edited and annotated after reviewing the original tapes.

FIERCE COMPETITION : Anna and Halina in their own words

Book II (1926-1933)   Part 2. Mein Leipzig

Chapter 87.  ANNA ARRIVES  Leipzig:  1926 - East Jew meets German Jews, as Rebecca’s contacts pave the way

Chapter 89. "IT WAS FIERCE COMPETITION"  1926 -- : Anna Burstein at the Mendelssohn Conservatory
Chapter 90.  BETWEEN LODZ AND LEIPZIG  1925 -- : Halina Neuman comes reluctantly to Leipzig, “a very boring city”

Chapter 102. MATCHMAKERS 1927 – 1931: Anna and Hirsch: A Sort of Courtship

Book III (1933-1945)  Part 1: Enter Adolf

Chapter 112.   1933: UNDER HITLER  Anna and Hirsch: Early effects on daily life and thought

Chapter 117.  TWO PIANOS  1934 - 1936:  Anna and Halina perform ‘for Jews only’ at the Leipziger-Jüdischer-Kulturbund

Chapter 118.  DARKNESS DESCENDING  Leipzig, April 1933:  Halina Neuman Schulsinger: a romantic cynic surveys the scene

Book IV (1945--)   Part 2: Afterwards

Chapter 180.  HIRSCH AND ANNA   Rich Lives, Rounded