Movie vs. Reality: the Story that is real of Von Trapp Family

By Joan Gearin

Maria von Trapp, photograph from her Declaration of Intention, dated January 21, 1944. (Records of District Courts associated with united states of america, RG 21)

We first saw the film The noise of Music as being a child that is young probably into the late 1960s. We liked the singing, and Maria had been therefore pretty and type! when i expanded older, more mindful of globe history, and saturated by viewing the film one or more times annually, I became struck and frustrated by the somewhat sanitized tale associated with the von Trapp household it told, along with the bad 1960s hairdos and costumes. “It is maybe perhaps not historically accurate!” I’d protest, an archivist that is small the creating. When you look at the very early 1970s We saw Maria von Trapp by by herself on Dinah Shore’s tv program, and child, ended up being she nothing like the Julie Andrews version of Maria! She don’t seem like Julie, and she found as a force that is true of. In taking into consideration the fictionalized film version of Maria von Trapp in comparison with this really Maria that is real von, We arrived to comprehend that the storyline for the von Trapp household ended up being most likely one thing nearer to human, and for that reason alot more interesting, compared to film led us to think.

An element of the tale associated with genuine von Trapp household are available in the documents associated with the National Archives. If they fled the Nazi regime in Austria, the von Trapps traveled to America. Their entry to the united states of america and their subsequent applications for citizenship are documented into the holdings associated with nationwide Archives and Records management.

Reality from Fiction

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (published in 1949), there were many alterations and omissions while the Sound of Music was generally based on the first section of Maria’s book.