Orchestra of Exiles

Orchestra of Exiles

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 6:00pm

1936 - Toscanini was the first conductor of the Palestine Symphony

The F. Blumental Music Center and Library/Huberman Archive
Special thanks to Irit Schoenhorn

One Polish violinist. 70 Jewish musicians. Together they fought the Nazis with the only weapon they had: Music. 

In the early 1930s Hitler began forcing Jewish musicians out of orchestras across central Europe; never before had so many experienced players been jobless simultaneously. The Nazis unwittingly presented a unique opportunity and with the short window of time still available, Bronislaw Huberman dedicated himself to fulfilling a dream. Orchestra of Exiles airs Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6 p.m. on WXXI World.