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The Inextinguishable Symphony: The True Story of Love and Music in Nazi Germany

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Set amid the growing tyranny of Germany's Third Reich, here is the riveting and emotional tale of G?nther Goldschmidt and Rosemarie Gumpert, two courageous Jewish musicians who struggled to perform under unimaginable circumstances-and found themselves falling in love in a country bent on destroying them. In the spring of 1933, as the full weight of Germany's National Socialism was brought to bear against Germany's Jews, more than 8,000 Jewish musicians, actors, and other artists found themselves expelled from their positions with German orchestras, opera companies, and theater groups, and Jews were forbidden even to attend "Aryan" theaters. Later that year, the J?dische Kulturbund, or Jewish Culture Association, was created under the auspices of Joseph Goebbels's Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Providing for Jewish artists to perform for Jewish audiences, the Kulturbund, which included an orchestra, an opera company, and an acting troupe, became an unlikely haven for Jewish artists and offered much-needed spiritual enrichment for a besieged people-while at the same time providing the Nazis with a powerful propaganda tool for showing the rest of the world how well Jews were ostensibly being treated under the Third Reich. It was during this period that twenty-two-year-old flutist G?nther Goldschmidt was expelled from music school because of his Jewish roots. While preparing to flee the ever-tightening grip of Nazi Germany for Sweden, G?nther was invited to fill in for an ailing flutist with the Frankfurt Kulturbund Orchestra. It was there, during rehearsals, that he met the dazzling nineteen-year-old violist Rosemarie Gumpert-a woman who would change the course of his life. Despite their strong attraction, G?nther eventually embarked for the safety of Sweden as planned, only to risk his life six months later returning to the woman he could not forget-and to the perilous country where hatred and brutality had begun to flourish. Here is G?nther and Rosemarie's story, a deeply moving tale of love and the remarkable resilience of the human spirit in the face of terror and persecution. Beautifully and simply told by their son, National Public Radio commentator Martin Goldsmith, The Inextinguishable Symphony takes us from the caf?s of Frankfurt, where Rosemarie and G?nther fell in love, to the concert halls that offered solace and hope for the beleaguered Jews, to the United States, where the two made a new life for themselves that would nevertheless remain shadowed by the fate of their families. Along with the fate of G?nther and Rosemarie's families, this rare memoir also illuminates the Kulturbund and the lives of other fascinating figures associated with it, including Kubu director Kurt Singer-a man so committed to the organization that he objected to his artists' plans for flight, fearing that his productions would suffer. The Kubu, which included some of the most prominent artists of the day and young performers who would gain international fame after the war, became the sole source of culture and entertainment for Germany's Jews. A poignant testament to the enduring vitality of music and love even in the harshest times, The Inextinguishable Symphony gives us a compelling look at an important piece of Holocaust history that has heretofore gone largely untold.

Review:

"As much a tribute to the power of music as it is a Holocaust memoir, this book... tells a deeply affecting story of a love that survived the terrors of WWII. The lovers in question are Goldsmith's parents: Gunther, a flutist, and Rosalie, a violist, were German Jews who met in 1936 when they were both playing in the Kulturbund's orchestra in Frankfurt....Dealing perceptively with the complex emotions aroused in him by his parents' lifelong refusal to discuss their past and with their passion for each other and for the music that may have saved their lives, Goldsmith's account offers an excellent contribution to Holocaust studies." Publishers Weekly

Book News Annotation:

National Public Radio commentator Goldsmith tells the story of his parents, two courageous Jewish musicians who struggled to perform in the face of the rise of Germany's National Socialism. He traces their lives from the caf<'e>s in Frankfurt where they first fell in love, to the concert halls that offered comfort and hope to the persecuted Jews, to the United States where they made a life for themselves. He also sheds light on the Kulterbund (Culture Association of German Jews), which gathered together some of the most prominent Jewish artists of the day and became the main source of culture and entertainment for Germany's Jews.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Advance Praise for the Inextinguishable Symphony "A Fascinating Insight into a Virtually Unknown Chapter of Nazi Rule in Germany, Made all the More Engaging through a Son's Discovery of His Own Remarkable Parents." -Ted Koppel, ABC News "An Immensely Moving and Powerful Description of those Evil Times. I couldn't Put the Book Down." -James Galway "Martin Goldsmith has Written a Moving and Personal Account of a Search for Identity. His is a Story that will Touch All Readers with Its Integrity. This is not about Exorcising Ghosts, but Rather Awakening Passions that no One Ever Knew Existed. This is a Journey Everyone should Take." -Leonard Slatkin, Music Director National Symphony Orchestra "For Years I've been Familiar with Martin Goldsmith's Musical Expertise. This Book Explains the Source of His Knowledge and His Passion for the Subject. In Tracking the Extraordinary Story of His Parents and the Jewish Kulturbund, Martin Unfolds a Little-Known Piece of Holocaust History, and Finds Depths in His Own Heart that Warm the Hearts of Readers." -Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent National Public Radio "[A] Strong and Painful Book, Well-Written, Well-Researched, Moving, and Very Instructive." -Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer

About the Author

MARTIN GOLDSMITH is senior commentator for National Public Radio. From 1989 to 1999, he was host of Performance Today, NPR's daily classical music program. Prior to that he served for a dozen years at NPR member station WETA-FM in Washington, D.C., as producer, announcer, music director, and program director.

Table of Contents

Prelude.

Alex and G?nther.

Julian and Rosemarie.

1933.

The Kubu.

The Mask.

Path?tique.

La Vie Boh?me.

Kurt Singer.

A Protest in Paris.

Chocolate and Canaries.

Two Newspapers.

The March.

Vaterland und Vaterhaus.

"One Slap after the Other".

Prinzenstrasse.

Sempre Libera.

New World--and Old.

Appointment in Quito.

Eine Kleine Curfew Music.

The Resurrection Symphony.

The Inextinguishable Symphony.

"Crying Like Dogs."

"It Will Be on Your Conscience".

Coda.

Acknowledgments.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471350972
Subtitle:
A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
Author:
Goldsmith, Martin
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Instrumentalists
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Jewish musicians.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Goldsmith, George
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
World Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-338).
Series Volume:
bk. 3
Publication Date:
August 2000
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.32x6.40x1.19 in. 1.43 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust

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"Review" by , "As much a tribute to the power of music as it is a Holocaust memoir, this book... tells a deeply affecting story of a love that survived the terrors of WWII. The lovers in question are Goldsmith's parents: Gunther, a flutist, and Rosalie, a violist, were German Jews who met in 1936 when they were both playing in the Kulturbund's orchestra in Frankfurt....Dealing perceptively with the complex emotions aroused in him by his parents' lifelong refusal to discuss their past and with their passion for each other and for the music that may have saved their lives, Goldsmith's account offers an excellent contribution to Holocaust studies."
"Synopsis" by , Advance Praise for the Inextinguishable Symphony "A Fascinating Insight into a Virtually Unknown Chapter of Nazi Rule in Germany, Made all the More Engaging through a Son's Discovery of His Own Remarkable Parents." -Ted Koppel, ABC News "An Immensely Moving and Powerful Description of those Evil Times. I couldn't Put the Book Down." -James Galway "Martin Goldsmith has Written a Moving and Personal Account of a Search for Identity. His is a Story that will Touch All Readers with Its Integrity. This is not about Exorcising Ghosts, but Rather Awakening Passions that no One Ever Knew Existed. This is a Journey Everyone should Take." -Leonard Slatkin, Music Director National Symphony Orchestra "For Years I've been Familiar with Martin Goldsmith's Musical Expertise. This Book Explains the Source of His Knowledge and His Passion for the Subject. In Tracking the Extraordinary Story of His Parents and the Jewish Kulturbund, Martin Unfolds a Little-Known Piece of Holocaust History, and Finds Depths in His Own Heart that Warm the Hearts of Readers." -Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent National Public Radio "[A] Strong and Painful Book, Well-Written, Well-Researched, Moving, and Very Instructive." -Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer
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