Orchestra of Exiles

Orchestra of Exiles

The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved From Nazi Horrors

Book - 2016
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"At fourteen, Bronislaw Huberman played the Brahms Violin Concerto in Vienna- winning high praise from the composer himself, who was there. Instantly famous, Huberman began touring all over the world and received invitations to play for royalty across Europe. But after witnessing the tragedy of World War I, he committed his phenomenal talent and celebrity to aid humanity. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, Huberman joined the ranks of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein in calling for peace through the Pan-European Movement. But when hope for their noble vision was destroyed by the rise of Nazism, Huberman began a crusade that would become his greatest legacy-the creation, in 1936, of the Palestine Symphony, which twelve years later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In creating this world-level orchestra, Huberman miraculously arranged for the very best Jewish musicians and their families to emigrate from Nazi-threatened territories. His tireless campaigning for the project-including a marathon fundraising concert tour across America-ultimately saved nearly a thousand Jews from the approaching Holocaust. Inviting the great Arturo Toscanini to conduct the orchestra's first concert, Huberman's clarion call of art over cruelty was heard around the world. His story contains extraordinary adventures, riches and royalty, politicians and broken promises, losses and triumphs. Against near impossible obstacles, Huberman refused to give up on his dream on creating a unique and life-saving orchestra of exiles, which was one of the great cultural achievements of the twentieth century. Includes Photographs"
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780425281215
Characteristics: xii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: George, Denise - Author

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brianhaight
Oct 19, 2016

A fascinating read and story that needs to be more widely known. The life of legendary violinist and humanitarian Bronislaw Huberman and his standing up against the tyranny of Hitler and the Nazis. The book reads in two parts, Huberman's young life as a prodigy and rise to fame is followed by his move during his 30s towards political action and the saving of hundreds of Jewish musicians. Huberman was the founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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