The real love story behind the Von Trapp Family portrayed in "The Sound of Music"

Once upon a time there lived a very young woman that ended up with no place to live so she decided to enter the convent to become a nun.

Meanwhile there was a family that had just lost a wife and mother to scarlet fever.

The father went to the convent to ask the nuns if they knew of anyone available to come to his home to help with his youngest child that had scarlet fever. They decide to send Maria because she was not working out as a postulant and they feared she would never make it as a nun.

Maria started working for the von Trapp family in 1926 as a tutor for one of the children,
Maria did not fall in love with Georg_Johannes_von_Trapp.

When Georg asked Maria to marry him she said "I really and truly was not in love. I liked him but didn't love him. However, I loved the children, so in a way I really married the children.

The family won first place in the Salzburg Music Festival and toured as a singing group.

Eleven years passed but as time went on the Austria became a less safe place to live as the Nazi rolled into Austria.

Not being in agreement with the Nazi's the family left Austria on a train headed to Italy on a singing engagement and never returned leaving everything behind.

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They later traveled to London and boarded a ship for the United States

Where they lived and continued to perform around the world.

They ended up living in Vermont.

Von Trapp home and family

Where some of the descendants live to this day.

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Maria said in her autobiography Maria, "by and by I learned to love him (Captain Georg Johannes Ritter (Knight) von Trapp (4 April 1880 – 30 May 1947) more than I have ever loved before or after."

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