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

By Martin Goldsmith
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11.60 Hours 10/01/2001 unabridged
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In the spring of 1933, more than 8,000 Jewish musicians, actors, and other artists were expelled from their positions with German orchestras, opera companies, and theater groups. Later that year, the Jüdische Kulturbund, or Jewish Culture Association, was created to allow Jewish artists to perform for Jewish audiences. Here is the riveting and emotional story of Gunther 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. 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.

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Summary

Summary

In the spring of 1933, more than 8,000 Jewish musicians, actors, and other artists were expelled from their positions with German orchestras, opera companies, and theater groups. Later that year, the Jüdische Kulturbund, or Jewish Culture Association, was created to allow Jewish artists to perform for Jewish audiences.

Here is the riveting and emotional story of Gunther 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. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Astonishing…Goldsmith [writes] with modesty, restraint, and skill…masterly.” San Francisco Chronicle
“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.” ABC News
“A deeply affecting story…Goldsmith’s account offers an excellent contribution to Holocaust studies.” Publishers Weekly
“A gripping tale of persecution, intrigue, and love and an insider’s—or two insiders’—view of a dark time.” Booklist 

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Author Bio: Martin Goldsmith

Martin Goldsmith is director of classical music programming for XM Satellite Radio. From 1989 to 1999, he hosted Performance Today, NPR’s daily classical music program. Since 1984 he has been cohost of Songs for Aging Children, a radio program devoted to the singer-songwriter generation. He lives in Maryland with his wife.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English