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!READ DOWNLOAD ♸ The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany ♶ In the spring of , than , Jewish musicians, actors, and other artists were expelled from their positions with German orchestras, opera companies, and theater groups Later that year, the Jdische Kulturbund, or Jewish Cultural 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 This book is well researched and expertly written by Martin Goldsmith, one of the voices for NPR, about the lives of his parents Both musicians, they were a part of the Kulturbund, which provided a creative outlet for the Jews in Hitler s Germany both as performers and as spectators Fortunately, the Goldsmiths were able to emigrate to the United States right before Jews were taken to concentration camps Even though they tried to sponsor other family members to come to America, the Goldsmiths This book is well researched and expertly written by Martin Goldsmith, one of the voices for NPR, about the lives of his parents Both musicians, they were a part of the Kulturbund, which provided a creative outlet for the Jews in Hitler s Germany both as performers and as spectators Fortunately, the Goldsmiths were able to emigrate to the United States right before Jews were taken to concentration camps Even though they tried to sponsor other family members to come to America, the Goldsmiths were unsuccessful They experienced survivor s guilt after finding out they were too late This book, recommended to me by a friend who is an extensive reader, says it is one of his favorite books Here is my review of this wonderful book from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001 The Night Jewish Musicians Played Mahler Amid Nazi TerrorReviewed by Steve Kettmann THE INEXTINGUISHABLE SYMPHONYA True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany By Martin Goldsmith John Wiley 352 pages 24.95 The Holocaust has hovered on the periphery Here is my review of this wonderful book from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001 The Night Jewish Musicians Played Mahler Amid Nazi TerrorReviewed by Steve Kettmann THE INEXTINGUISHABLE SYMPHONYA True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany By Martin Goldsmith John Wiley Sons 352 pages 24.95 The Holocaust has hovered on the periphery of the American imagination for so many decades now, it s hard to believe a book could come along at this point to burn a whole new perspective into our consciousness But that s just what National Public Radio commentator Martin Goldsmith has done with this astonishing work, The Inextinguishable Symphony A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany For many, the single most important date to remember from the nightmare years of the Third Reich will always be Nov 9, 1938, dubbed Kristallnacht by the Nazis, or the Night of Broken Glass, and called simply the November Pogrom by the Jews of Berlin But anyone who surrenders to the narrative pull of Goldsmith s masterly work may be tempted to turn instead to Feb 27, 1941 That was the night, deep into the Nazi terror, when a group of Jewish musicians including Goldsmith s parents, Rosemarie and Guenther came together in Berlin and offered the city s Jewish community a spine tingling performance of Gustav Mahler s Second Symphony Their son, normally understated to a fault, calls the night a miracle, and who are we to argue For the next hour and twenty five minutes, Gustav Mahler s Resurrection Symphony took possession of the theater, of the musicians, of the audience, Goldsmith writes No one, either on stage or in the hall, was conscious of time passing, just of an immense sound and an equally immense spirit moving among them Rosemarie, whose practical mind did not usually acknowledge such phenomena, was dimly aware of someone or something in addition to conductor Rudolf Schwarz directing the proceedings There were virtually no sounds coughs or sneezes or rustling with coats or hats coming from the crowd More than a thousand people, men and women who had come to know danger and pain and hurt and humiliation on an almost daily basis forthan eight years, heard from a valiant ensemble of artists who had struggled along with them a vibrant musical account of their difficulties and then the infinitely hopeful message that they had not lived and suffered in vain and that from their depths they would rise again It sounds unbelievable Preposterous, almost And yet there does in fact exist in Berlin a monument to the so called Kulturbund, which came about only because the Nazis thought it was useful first to segregate all Jewish cultural activities before opting for the Final Solution Many fine musicians and other artists did in fact offer their talents to the Kulturbund in hope that the best defense against ugliness was creating beauty The hopefulness of that belief may have been tainted by the horrors of what Hitler and his henchmen unleashed on the world, but the bravery and grace of this small band of Jewish artists cannot and should not be overlooked As Schwarz, the conductor, told his musicians in May 1941 in what ended up as a final meeting All of us musicians, electricians, tailors, grocers, mothers and fathers need to be reminded that life is paramount Even when it is stamped out, it eventually returns Where there is life, there is spirit And where there is spirit, where there is even one human soul, there is music We are proof of that We have suffered, yet we have endured And we have made music Such sentiments might sound cloying delivered by voices who had not endured so much Given the backdrop that Goldsmith lays out with such modesty, restraint and skill, the small triumph of these musicians feels like a triumph against the malignancy of spirit that colored wartime Europe and the entire 20th century Any such triumph has to be put in context, of course Most of the musicians who performed Mahler s Resurrection Symphony that magical night in Berlin ended up dying in the camps Goldsmith s parents were lucky enough to escape to America, but many other family members did not including, most hauntingly, his grandfather and uncle, who sailed to Cuba on the ill fated St Louis but ended up back in Europe because Cuba and the United States denied them entry Also, the legacy of the Kulturbund remains clouded They were undeniably tools of the Nazis The organization s fiery founder, Kurt Singer, went so far as to berate any musicians who were considering emigration, though he himself returned to Europe from a fund raising trip to the United States and paid the ultimate price for his devil s bargain, dying at Theresienstadt in January 1944 Still, at its heart, Goldsmith s tale is about people and their stories He gives us a full, rich account of his parents own love story, including his father s decision to return from Sweden, risking death, to play music, and yet never strays into self indulgence or sentimentality The deep love and understanding of music that come through on every page are a true delight, and, if nothing else, this labor of love ensures that no one who has read it can ever listen to Mahler again with quite the same ear Steve Kettmann lives in Berlin His work has appeared in the New Republic and Salon.This article appeared on page RV 5 of the San Francisco ChronicleRead Where there is life, there is spirit And where there is spirit, where there is even one human soul, there is music P 282 And I am so proud of them his parents and so grateful to them for showing me what is truly important, for showing me that you must love the people and things that are important to you and that you must sometimes risk everything for that love There is no finer lesson for parents to teach their children P 248 Silence in the face of crimes committed may be regarded a Where there is life, there is spirit And where there is spirit, where there is even one human soul, there is music P 282 And I am so proud of them his parents and so grateful to them for showing me what is truly important, for showing me that you must love the people and things that are important to you and that you must sometimes risk everything for that love There is no finer lesson for parents to teach their children P 248 Silence in the face of crimes committed may be regarded as a form of participation therein equally punishable whether committed by individuals or by nations P 181 Martin Goldsmith tells the history of his parents and their escape from Nazi Germany They belonged to the Judische Kulturbund, a cultural arts group for Jews, by Jews, tolerated and controlled by the Nazis so they could show the rest of the world they were treating the Jews well I have read many holocaust books, but this one taught me something new This lovely family, never suspecting what was to come, lived life as best they could under the circumstances, ever believing that things could not possibly get any worse You will especially enjoy this book if you have been transcended by beautiful music, either as a participant or a spectator audience Wow This book was so interesting The author tells the story of his parents and their participation as musicians in the Jewish Culture Association during the time of Nazi Germany leading up to WWII, and how their participation in the Association most likely saved their lives The book is interesting because it is so many different types of books at once A little bit of it is like this man s personal memoirs Part of it is tracing his family history back a few generations Some of it talks abou Wow This book was so interesting The author tells the story of his parents and their participation as musicians in the Jewish Culture Association during the time of Nazi Germany leading up to WWII, and how their participation in the Association most likely saved their lives The book is interesting because it is so many different types of books at once A little bit of it is like this man s personal memoirs Part of it is tracing his family history back a few generations Some of it talks about the general world history of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party coming to power And some of it was very specific history about an organization that I d never even heard of before The Association was actually sponsored by the Nazis to use as propaganda showing the world that the Jews situation was not all that bad in Germany Similar, in a way, to our own country s past separate but equal treatment of African Americans The difference is that African Americans position was progressing in society up from slavery to being equal citizens, but Jews position was degrading from equal treatment into slavery I never realized the steps of how that occurred in the German society at that time I definitely learned a lot of history reading this book, and yet it had the very personal touch that kept it from feeling anything like a college textbook I definitely would recommend this book Excellent book that is very well written For anyone withof a musical background than I, it would be evenmeaningful The book begins early in the Nazi years and for that reason is a very good study in the insidious, gradual erosion of rights and humanity endured by the Jewish people Just like 9 11, we must never forget the Holocaust I wonder if, as he lay dying in the cold of Terezin, he ever awoke from his dream to face the bitter truth that beauty outlasts, but doesn t always win Excellent book that is very well written For anyone withof a musical background than I, it would be evenmeaningful The book begins early in the Nazi years and for that reason is a very good study in the insidious, gradual erosion of rights and humanity endured by the Jewish people Just like 9 11, we must never forget the Holocaust I wonder if, as he lay dying in the cold of Terezin, he ever awoke from his dream to face the bitter truth that beauty outlasts, but doesn t always win This incredible story underscores the importance of happenstance in our lives Martin Goldsmith tells the story of his parents, and grandparents and how music saved some of them But in doing so he tells theinsidious story of how that same music may have doomed other Jews By giving an air of normalcy to Nazi decrees, by continuing to put on the Kulturebund, did those artists unknowingly give a degree of consent to what was happening around them Nowhere does Mr Goldsmith suggest that the This incredible story underscores the importance of happenstance in our lives Martin Goldsmith tells the story of his parents, and grandparents and how music saved some of them But in doing so he tells theinsidious story of how that same music may have doomed other Jews By giving an air of normalcy to Nazi decrees, by continuing to put on the Kulturebund, did those artists unknowingly give a degree of consent to what was happening around them Nowhere does Mr Goldsmith suggest that the German Jews used the arts as a conduit to freedom, or protest And when reading this book it is hard to believe, with my near perfect hindsight, that with each new edict the Jews would just sit back, and think that it could not get any worse We who look back, know that it did get worse, becoming a stain on humanity that can never be erased Can any perfectly rendered Mahler symphony serve as a fitting backdrop for trains heading East A different take on the Jewish experience prior to WWII from a man whose parents belonged to the Kulturbund, a cultural refuge of sorts Goldman intersperses a history of his family and what he can piece together of the missing parts with the history of the Kulturbund, resulting in a slower paced, but still fascinating look at an aspect of Nazi Germany that I hadn t encountered before The view into the machinations and propaganda that actually supported the artists including musicians, dance A different take on the Jewish experience prior to WWII from a man whose parents belonged to the Kulturbund, a cultural refuge of sorts Goldman intersperses a history of his family and what he can piece together of the missing parts with the history of the Kulturbund, resulting in a slower paced, but still fascinating look at an aspect of Nazi Germany that I hadn t encountered before The view into the machinations and propaganda that actually supported the artists including musicians, dancers, actors, and singers , as well as a description of what happened with the St Louis the ship of Jewish refugees that was refused landing by Cuba and the U.S , was worth the time spent A man s journey to uncover his parent s journey from Nazi Germany to the United States. This is quite a moving story of the author s family escaping in some cases not escaping from the Nazis, of love of music, and many other great elements So it really has no excuse for being SO BORING I m talking about the audiobook here, which was read by the author, who reads in a very soothing way that makes you just want to sleep He s an NPR contributor, so you know the kind of voice But the story itself is so slow paced Maybe the author was too close to the material, since it s about h This is quite a moving story of the author s family escaping in some cases not escaping from the Nazis, of love of music, and many other great elements So it really has no excuse for being SO BORING I m talking about the audiobook here, which was read by the author, who reads in a very soothing way that makes you just want to sleep He s an NPR contributor, so you know the kind of voice But the story itself is so slow paced Maybe the author was too close to the material, since it s about his own family and how it was possible for him even to be born, but still, some editor needed to cut this down and make it a lotpunchy It is moving at times, and it s a good story to have read, so still maybe worth it, but a bit of a slog while reading