STOWE, Vermont — The hills and valleys close to this quaint New England town reminded Georg and Maria Von Trapp of their native Austria when they arrived listed here additional than 80 decades back.
The famed relatives with 10 singing children place down roots in this article and has prospered with a cross-nation ski resort, farm, brewery, time-share and villa development. They even survived the 1965 movie, “The Audio of Music,” which requires a Hollywood license to numerous of the relatives info.
“I come to feel like I’m in a tale,” the late Maria Von Trapp reported in a documentary demonstrated at the Trapp Lodge visitor tour. “It’s a attractive story that transpires to be accurate.”
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Very well, largely accurate.
Maria, from the Benedictine Abbey in Salzburg, is employed to tutor a sickly Von Trapp boy or girl. Austrian sea Captain Georg Von Trapp is seeking to elevate his seven kids by yourself and asks the Abbey for help.
The new nanny, who is not considerably older than the captain’s oldest child, falls in love with him and marries him following acquiring permission from the Abbey.
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It’s the film shown by the Faster Theatre in spring 1965. The strains stretched east on Main Avenue all-around J.D. Davis’ paint store, household furniture store and Metropolis National Lender.
Young ones and their moms and dads had been anxious to see Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer sing their way by means of Austria and hike over the border to Switzerland to escape the Nazis.
But it didn’t truly occur that way.
Following Georg and Maria’s relationship in 1927, the loved ones in fact stayed in Salzburg until finally they ended up pressured to flee from the Nazis in 1938.
Also, alternatively than crossing the mountains into Switzerland, the spouse and children simply pretended to go on a hike and boarded a nearby train. They stayed on all the way to Italy prior to the Germans closed the Austrian border in look for of them.
That hit music “Edelweiss” wasn’t an outdated Austrian folks tune, but was published by Rodgers and Hammerstein especially for the film.
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Some of the names had been changed, also. The youngsters are Eleonore, Johannes, Johanna, Hedwig, Agathe, Werner, Martina, Rosmarie, Maria and Rupert.
The immigrant household arrived in the U.S. with a new baby and $4 in their pockets. They have been detained briefly at Ellis Island, rapidly accomplishing concert events for other detainees. They rented a bus and commenced touring their new country to pay out the charges. An American loaned them a dwelling in Pennsylvania.
It was wartime, and two of the sons joined the U.S. Army and were despatched back to Europe to combat the Germans. At their tour places, Maria requested concertgoers for donations to be sent again for relief initiatives in Austria.
She wrote her memoirs, which ultimately became the issue of the film. The spouse and children didn’t revenue from the movie. They returned to Austria for “The Seem of Music”’s 50th anniversary, and met up with the kids who acted in the motion picture.
“It was a excellent movie and virtually correct,” Maria reported in the documentary.