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

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

by Martin Goldsmith
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Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany by Martin Goldsmith

Advance Praise for the Inextinguishable Symphony "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." -Ted Koppel, ABC News "An Immensely Moving and Powerful Description of those Evil Times. I couldn't Put the Book Down." -James Galway "Martin Goldsmith has Written a Moving and Personal Account of a Search for Identity. His is a Story that will Touch All Readers with Its Integrity. This is not about Exorcising Ghosts, but Rather Awakening Passions that no One Ever Knew Existed. This is a Journey Everyone should Take." -Leonard Slatkin, Music Director National Symphony Orchestra "For Years I've been Familiar with Martin Goldsmith's Musical Expertise. This Book Explains the Source of His Knowledge and His Passion for the Subject. In Tracking the Extraordinary Story of His Parents and the Jewish Kulturbund, Martin Unfolds a Little-Known Piece of Holocaust History, and Finds Depths in His Own Heart that Warm the Hearts of Readers." -Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent National Public Radio "[A] Strong and Painful Book, Well-Written, Well-Researched, Moving, and Very Instructive." -Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471078647
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 260,404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARTIN GOLDSMITH is senior commentator for National Public Radio. From 1989 to 1999, he was host of Performance Today, NPR's daily classical music program. Prior to that he served for a dozen years at NPR member station WETA-FM in Washington, D.C., as producer, announcer, music director, and program director.

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The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Martin Goldsmith talking about the story of his parents, Gunther (George) and Rosemarie(y)a couple of months ago, the piece that I heard on NPR's Morning Edition moved me to purchase the book. I became so involved with the blossoming romance between Mr. Goldsmiths' parents and the impending danger of living in Germany during the rise of Hitler and the onset of WWII, that I could hardly put the book down! I want to thank you Mr. Goldsmith for writing such a moving story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
National Public Radio listeners have known Martin Goldsmith for years as the friendly, reassuring voice of 'Performance Today.' Encyclopedically knowledgeable about classical (as well as rock) music, Goldsmith has a relaxed and comfortable on-air style that helps to make classical music more accessible to broad audiences. That same style is found in 'The Inextinguishable Symphony,' helping to make another complex subject -- the Holocaust -- more accessible to audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with it. But this isn't just 'another book about the Holocaust.' Nor is it about tragically anonymous victims. It is instead about Goldsmith's parents -- Gunther, a flutist, and Rosemarie, a violist -- who meet and charmingly fall in love in Nazi Germany in the '30s, as well as about Grandfather Alex and Uncle Helmut and other family members and friends, each of whom Goldsmith makes real and sympathetic through his rich, exquisitely detailed, and heartbreakingly honest narrative. These are people that the reader comes to care about deeply, and we celebrate -- and in some cases grieve -- their fates. Goldsmith is a helluva storyteller. But it's also not just a love story (Gunther literally does risk his life for his young sweetheart) or merely an author's own personal journey in search of his own roots. Through the vehicle of his remarkable parents' own individual stories, Goldsmith explores the only-dimly known, but fascinating, story of the Judische Kulturbund -- the Jewish Culture Association -- to which Jewish musicians, actors, and others were artistically exiled in Nazi Germany. Goldsmith reveals much about this controversial and complicated organization which, although the only source of culture for German Jews, knowingly served the Nazis' propaganda purposes. The reader marvels at how much the 'Kubu' was able to accomplish under such hateful conditions, but is also forced to ask, 'What would I have done in these circumstances? Would I have risked my life just to make music?' This is a troubling, but ultimately triumphant, book about real people trying to live their lives, their love, and their music in unthinkable times. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in music, in the Holocaust, in cultural history, or simply in a good love story well told.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martin Goldsmith, former host of NPR's 'Performance Today,' recounts in rich detail the compelling story of his parents, Gunther and Rosemary, two talented musicians who fall in love while performing in a Jewish orchestra organized by Joseph Goebbels as a Nazi propaganda tool. Goldsmith, a gifted writer, captures the time and place magnificently, and his book is both an eye-opener and a page-turner. If only we could hear the classical music that serves as backdrop to Gunther and Rosemary's remarkable tale of survival and escape in an era of madness. Hopefully, THE INEXTINGUISHABLE SYMPHONY will become a movie - then we can experience its power and passion to the full and its message of courage and hope will reach an even greater audience. Bravo Mr. Goldsmith for bringing this wonderful story to our attention!