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

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

Martin Goldsmith / Jan 20, 2020

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 Jdisch

  • Title: The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
  • Author: Martin Goldsmith
  • ISBN: 9780471078647
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the spring of 1933, 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 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 GoIn the spring of 1933, 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 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.

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    1. 5 stars, not so much for the writing, though it was good, but for the sheer persistence of the author, Martin Goldsmith to bare the roots and expose the branches of the tree that grew in his living room. This tree, which Goldsmith used metaphorically like families of alcoholics use the elephant plagued his childhood. I understand it. My mother lost her first husband in World War II. She married my father and never spoke much about her first love but I knew, just like Goldsmith knew, there was a [...]

    2. 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 perip [...]

    3. "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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 the more insidious 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. Beautifully written, this is a true story written by a son (NPR music expert) about his parents and their experience as Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany. The book starts with Gunther and Rosemarie as budding musicians in Germany during the very beginnings of the Nazi rule, and their involvement in the Nazi approved Jewish Orchestra which kept them alive. This book gives new insight into how Hitler's rule slowly and steadily crept into the lives of German Jews, against the background of timeless [...]

    10. A beautiful love story, a testimony to the power and solace of music, and a beautiful tribute to Martin Goldsmith's parents. This book could open up meaningful discussions about the power of unbridled hate, the importance of love, and the need for each person to have something bigger than himself to hang on in the face of fear and hardship. It illuminated a chapter in the story of the Holocaust that is not well-known.

    11. Fascinating and scarily relevantAlthough this author is no literary genius,and bits of the narrative verge on purple prose, the book is notable for giving the reader a sense of one family's experience and response to the rise of the third Reich. Music saves them, both literally and metaphorically. It's a fascinating read.

    12. I wrote the following Book Club Discussion Questions on this book:1. Carl Nielsen, composer of “The Inextinguishable Symphony,” is quoted as saying “Music is life, and like life, inextinguishable.”a. What role does music play in your life?b. Did you connect with the classical music descriptions and references in the book?c. Do you think life is inextinguishable?2. Goldsmith describes an enormous tree that grew in his house when he was growing up – the fate of his parents’ families.a. [...]

    13. Martin Goldsmith's "The Inextinguishable Symphony is alternately inspiring, horrifying, very moving, and terribly sad. Goldsmith's book is both a biography of his parents, Jewish musicians who performed in Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s and a history of an organization called the Judische Kulturbund, a cultural organization created by German Jews and sanctioned by the Nazis as a way to keep German cultural activities "pure" while reaping the propaganda benefits of allowing German Jews to h [...]

    14. This was the very first book that I added to my amazon wish list back in August, 2001. Eleven years later I finally picked it up from the library. It seemed like the perfect combination for me - memoir, historically based, premise hinging on amazing coincidences, and across the board strong reviews. Unfortunately with all this expectation, it fell a bit short for me but was still an interesting read. This is the true story of two young Jewish musicians in Germany during the rise of Hitler and Na [...]

    15. Haunting and unforgettable, this book details an aspect of the Nazi era in Germany that I never knew of--that is, the lives of Jewish musicians in Germany. Fired from their jobs in various orchestras early in the 1930's, they participated in all-Jewish orchestras established in the various cities and overseen by the Nazis; Many great musicians and conductors spent the 1930's in this way, including a local Cincinnatian, the late Henry Meyer, whom we all knew from the renowned LaSalle Quartet. Mey [...]

    16. In the late 1930s, the German government was still somewhat conscious of its image in the world. The Nazis authorized formation of a Jewish cultural organization called, for short, the Kubu. They intended it to be a PR tool to counter reports of antisemitism.The Kubu's Jewish founders leveraged power and turf wars within the government to create an organization that employed Jewish artists to perform concerts, plays, and readings for Jewish audiences--but under close supervision. It was a way fo [...]

    17. Martin Goldsmith, former host of NPR’s Performance Today, has written a sobering and wonderful book about his parents. They were fellow musicians whose love affair and early-married life are set against the growing anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany. Gunter Goldschmidt, a flutist, and Rosemarie Gumpert, a violinist, met as members of the Judische Kulturbund, or Jewish Cultural Organization. The group, sanctioned by the Nazis, was made up of Jewish artists performing for Jewish audiences. The number [...]

    18. It isa true story of music and love. But the story that stays with me is the story of the tree in the middle of the house, the story Martin begins and ends with - a story of guilt, and sorrow, and betrayal. The fact that Martin's parents can do nothing to save their own families; the fact that our own country turned away a boat load of refugees on our own shore, many of whom ended up, like Gunther's father and brother, in the very camps they fled. The other part of that tree that casts a shadow [...]

    19. This is one of the best books I have read in the past 10 years, perhaps ever. It is the wonderful story of Goldsmith's parents; a love story set in the midst of the hate of Nazi Germany. It is the story, not only of love between 2 remarkable people, but their love for music and their desire to share that love with their fellow Jews under impossible conditions. Adding to the beauty of the book is Goldsmith's descriptions of the various pieces played in these concerts, played by Jews for Jews only [...]

    20. I don't know how my daughter reads so many books about the Holocaust. They leave me despressed and discouraged.The author of this book is married to a woman I hike with. We're doing it as a book club selection and the author is coming to our discussion in 2 months. It should be an interesting discussion. It's such a personal account of life in Nazi Germany and the effect living through persecution has on family members.I haven't read a whole lot of Holocaust literature, but this one certainly ad [...]

    21. I only took 5 months to read this book, but I got through it! I was drawn to the book because I loved the title. That's just the romantic side of me. The book itself, however, is not very romantic. It is more of a history of music and culture in Nazi Germany and the experiences of one couple (including their families). Much of what I read was new information for me. I had not previously know about the Jewish Kulturbund nor its members. I would place this book more in the history category rather [...]

    22. This is, without a doubt, the BEST book I've ever read. Martin Goldsmith is the former classical music host on NPR, who learned his love of music through his parentso Jewish musicians who grew up in Germany in 1920s. He wrote the book after taking his father to visit the Holocaust museum in DC. It's the story of his family, beginning with his grandparents and following his parents through their young lives and how they meet, through their courtship, marriage, etc. What makes it most interesting [...]

    23. For people who are interested in music and in Jews in Nazi Germany, this is a great story. The primary focus this book is the experience of the author's parents, both talented musicians, as Germany begins its persecution of Jews. Before this book I had never heard of the Kulturbund, an all-Jewish arts organization used by German leaders to control Jews and appease the international community. In spite of the increasing pressure on Jews, the Kulturbund thrived for many years, supported by many ta [...]

    24. Wow. This book is an amazing picture of yet another part of life in Germany during the 1930s. It's about two young Jewish musicians and their experiences in the face of Nazism. The most interesting part for me was the story of the Kulturbund, which was basically a Jewish theatre/music/culture association operating under the auspices of the Nazis. It's an amazing story, especially reading about the performances of Mahler's massive Resurrection Symphony by an all-Jewish group in Berlin in 1941. It [...]

    25. Biographies of people make history come alive. And history comes alive in all its ugliness and tragedy in some of their stories. As a musician, I loved reading of the way that music became a lifesaver for some Jews in Nazi Germany, a way out for others, a channel through which to speak the emotions that they could not or dared not put into words, an inspiration when life was dark. Music is all that. This book reveals a facet of life then and there that the history books don't delve into. It's a [...]

    26. Wow. What a story. There`s an argument brought up in this book about whether or not this orchestra gave the Jewish people in Germany a beam of light during an unimaginable dark period in history or whether it allowed the Nazis to put blinders on them ultimately leading them into the fire. Which ever way you choose to look at it, if this orchestra had not been formed it would not have saved the 6 million people who were brutally killed during the Holocaust. However, beyond any doubt it provided t [...]

    27. Set through the eyes of his father, Martin Goldsmith, presents his mothers and fathers experiences as Jewish musicians during the Nazi years. Their rights are slowly taken from them, hours to go to the store, schools that accepted them could no longer, etc. It was presented in such a thoughtful and first hand way. It was a difficult on the one hand to read because of the subject matter but it was also such a page turner. I recommend it highly. This is life in the cities, not in the concentration [...]

    28. This was an excellent book. Of course it goes without saying that it is sad (it takes place in Nazi Germany), but I learned so much from this book. It is about the Kubu, the cultural group formed in Nazi Germany when all of the Jews were forbidden from being in orchestras, acting, or even attending performances. The author's parents were part of the Kubu orchestra for 8 years. I learned so much about the timeline of events in Germany from the 1930 through 1941. The author is also has an amazing [...]

    29. I was expecting "The Inextinguishable Symphony" to be a powerful book. Instead, it was a rather pale look at the lives of the author's parents in Nazi Germany. Parts if the book, particularly the end, were more of an editorial full of conjecture about what things really meant, not what he was told by those who actually experienced the events. I did learn some things about the arts among the Jews living in Nazi Germany, but I ultimately found the book far from emotionally moving. I would not reco [...]

    30. Martin Goldsmith does an amazing job of describing life for German Jewish families in the years leading up to the Holocaust and provides insights on why the stayed in an increasingly hostile and evil country as well as a tender look at his parents' relationship as an oasis of love in a sea of hate. The story of the musicians and audiences is moving and powerfully demonstrates the indomitable human spirit to remain "normal" in even the most horrific of times. The unimaginable horrors of Kristelln [...]

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