Hephzibah Menuhin had a stellar career as a pianist, but a visit to Theresienstadt in 1947 drew her to a new calling as a human rights activist. Privately educated by her parents, Menuhin was fluent in seven languages and gave her first piano recital in 1928 at age eight. Five years later, she and her brother Yehudi won the Candide prize for their recording of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A. While the pair performed internationally to great acclaim, Menuhin’s parents limited her professional appearances to pressure her to marry. She married in 1938 and briefly put aside her career to settle down with an Australian manufacturer. After her divorce, she reunited with her brother and they began performing together again in 1947. That year, she visited Theresienstadt and was moved to begin working for human rights. In 1955 she married sociologist Robert Hauser and moved to England, where they founded the Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities and began running a human rights refuge out of their house. In 1977 she became president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She continued performing with her brother until 1979.
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