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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    Absolutely Amazing!!

    I was given this book for free as it turned up at my music department's lost and found a few summers ago. I am home from work recovering from surgery and I've been doing a lot of reading this summer. I saw the book and decided to read it. As a musician myself, this book was a rather different perspective of Nazi Germany that we all learn in school. I too am a violist like Rosemarie Goldsmith was (though I'm not professional!). I never knew there was an all Jewish orchestra, and I give them props for doing it for so long. As a previous reviewer said Mr. Goldsmith's detail was 'too much', I felt he needed to do it. Maybe as a musician, I understand it more (assuming the previous reviewer isn't). I felt that he went into such detail about all the concerts and that's wonderful to share with the world! I am a frequent listener to Mr. Goldsmith on XM radio, and he does know his stuff!! The romance between his parents when they were younger reminded me of myself and my late fiance who I lost earlier this year. They both were drawn together by music, just as we were. I am a string player (like Rosemarie) and my fiance was a woodwind player (like Gunther). So it kind of hit home. It even insipired me to try and write memoirs about my finace and myself to share with my family later in life. Anyway you look at it, this is a WONDERFUL read! You won't want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    a very good story, long on the details

    This book came to my attention through its stellar reviews and place on the bestseller list. The story itself is very good, and an important one to be told. The low point of the book came I felt, in the extensive details, as the author recounted nearly every song the Kulturbund performed as well as the various performers. This made the book less fluent, as I continually got confused on the names. In short, a very good book for those serious about the subject.

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