By Joan Gearin
Maria von Trapp, picture from her Declaration of Intention, dated January 21, 1944. (Records of District Courts associated with the usa, RG 21)
I first saw the movie The noise of Music as being a youngster, probably into the belated 1960s. We liked the performing, and Maria had been so pretty and sort! when i expanded older, more mindful of globe history, and saturated by viewing the film one or more times annually, I happened to be struck and aggravated by the somewhat sanitized tale for the von Trapp household it told, along with the bad 1960s hairdos and costumes. “It is maybe perhaps not historically accurate!” We’d protest, a little archivist in the creating. When you look at the 1970s that are early saw Maria von Trapp by by herself on Dinah Shore’s tv program, and kid, was she nothing like the Julie Andrews form of Maria! She did not seem like Julie, and she discovered as being a force that is true of. In taking into consideration the fictionalized film version of Maria von Trapp in comparison with this really real Maria von Trapp, We arrived to understand that the storyline regarding the von Trapp family ended up being most likely something nearer to human being, and for that reason a lot more interesting, compared to film led us to think.
Area of the tale regarding the genuine von Trapp family members are available in the documents associated with the National Archives. Once they fled the Nazi regime in Austria, the von Trapps traveled to America. Their entry to the usa and their subsequent applications for citizenship are documented into the holdings of this National Archives and Records management.
Reality from Fiction
Whilst the Sound of Music was generally speaking in line with the very first element of Maria’s book the storyline of this Trapp Family Singers (posted in 1949), there have been numerous alterations and omissions.
- Maria stumbled on the von Trapp family members in 1926 being a tutor for just one associated with the young ones, Maria, who was simply dealing with scarlet temperature, never as governess to all or any the young ones. Continue Reading