A well-known music faculty was airlifted out of Afghanistan. The coordination effort befell in Otis | Southern Berkshires

OTIS — From a house right here on this hill city, a daring, harmful, difficult and finally profitable rescue effort was coordinated starting final August. It made worldwide information. It’s music to the ears of the world.

The denouement got here on Dec. 13, when a neighborhood of faculty youngsters from the Afghanistan Nationwide Institute of Music (ANIM) landed in Lisbon, Portugal — to security, freedom and a future far afield from one that will have demanded their silence.

Lesley Friedman Rosenthal, a part-time resident of Otis, was in Portugal to greet them. So was Jessica Lustig, a part-time resident

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