We got a great tip from Claudia Arntz from London (England). She informed us in the Guestbook for Arntz that her grandpa, named Heinz Arntz, was also an artist and even broke a world record on the piano!
Some extra research on the web confirmed that Heinz Arntz was born around 1900 and that he broke a world record in 1931 for the first time by playing his piano non-stop during 120 (!) hours! And in 1950 he even broke his own record by extending his play with another 2 hours. Five days and nights in a row, Heinz Arntz played his piano, until he broke his own world record with blisters on his fingers and swollen foot joints. This obviously persistant one-man-show artist reached his goal of 122 hours while playing with his last strenght the march of “Alte Kameraden” (translated: old friends). After his accomplishment Heinz Arntz got a thriumphal garland, his eyes brimmed with tears of joy. The local newspaper (Der Spiegel, 12/1950 from 23.03.1950, page 33) also mentioned that after half an hour of rest Heinz Arntz already gave a fresh impression again, considering his big piano achievement.
We thank Claudia Arntz for providing this great information and her contribution to ARNTZ.NET!
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