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Dudu Fisher Brings Happiness to an Alzheimer's Patient

Known for his performance in Les Miserables, IFCJ Goodwill Ambassador "Dudu" Fisher is again bringing his vocal talents to Branson, Missouri, sharing the historical and spiritual significance of the Holy City. But Dudu's music has touched others in an even more personal way. In this touching piece for Tablet, Anat Rosenberg tells how Fisher's music was the solace that her Holocaust-survivor mother needed while battling dementia:Good fortune, sooner or later you shine on everyone, On everyone, but not on me. Good fortune, you bring happiness to everyone. Why do you bypass my door?Listening to Fisher’s rendition of the song with my mother, while witnessing her transformation from a brilliant doctor to someone who had difficulty following the plot of a 30-minute television episode, I often felt it rang true. Life had at times been unfair to her.While my mother’s later years were devastated by dementia, she was robbed of her childhood by the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw in 1938, she’d spent her early years in hiding in Poland, first in the forest with her parents, then with a Catholic Polish woman who hid her for nearly a year before returning her to my grandparents when their money ran out. They survived the war, spent some time in a German displaced-persons camp, and moved to Israel in 1948, where my mother embarked on living what she called a “normal life.”Still, despite my mother’s achievements as a dedicated doctor and mother, and despite not having dwelled obsessively on her past during my childhood, there was an inherent melancholy that would sometimes bubble up to the surface. On more than one occasion she told me, “I just hope you have a better life than I did.”


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