The Story Of The Trapp Family Singers - by Maria Augusta Trapp
Inspiration for one of the most popular movies of all time, The Sound of Music. Told by Maria, this is the dramatic story of her life, first as a novitiate, then as governess to Baron Von Trapp's children, and eventually his bride. Horrors of WW II and the Nazi occupation of Austria force their escape to America.
About the Author: Maria Augusta Kutschera was born on a train en route to Vienna just before midnight on January 26, 1905. Her mother died when she was only two years old and her father left her with an elderly cousin so that he could be free to travel. She experienced a lonely and very strict upbringing without any siblings or other children in the household. She was raised a socialist and an atheist and was actively cynical towards all religions. It was during a visit to a church to hear a Bach concert that her mind was changed when she heard the words of a well-known priest, Father Kronseder. Her meeting with him led to her entering a convent to become a nun. While she was devoted to the convent life, she was taken away from the outdoor activities she once thrived on. Her doctor, concerned that her health was failing, helped the nuns to decide to send Maria to the home of retied naval captain Georg Von Trapp, to be governess to his bedridden daughter. On November 26, 1927, Maria and Georg were married. The rest is history.