Orchestra of Exiles

Orchestra of Exiles

DVD - 2013 | Widescreen version.
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In the early 1930's Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews-and guaranteed the survival of Europe's musical heritage.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 ORCHE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Nov 29, 2014

Great documentary tells the story of Bronislaw Huberman, a famous Jewish violinst, who escapes Nazi Germany and through strength of will, hard work, and determination, eventually creates what has become the Israel Philharmonic. A testament to efforts made by many to save Jews during the Holocaust. Fine footage of Albert Einstein (who lent his name to the fundraising required), and video of Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the Philharmonic's first concert in Tel-Aviv!

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tenet
May 03, 2014

Rated 8/10.

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Keogh
May 21, 2013

A man and a story I was completely unfamiliar with forms the basis for this compelling documentary. Violinist Bronislaw Huberman, a prodigy with much acclaim and talent, saw the coming of the Nazi threat in Europe for what it was, and through his hard work managed to get a thousand Jews out of Europe and into Palestine, forming from those ranks what would eventually become the Israel Philharmonic. In doing so, he saved their lives and much of the cultural legacy of Europe. Every life saved in the Holocaust was something of a miracle, even if it could never be enough, and the story completely drew me in, examining the events in a thorough way, mixing in commentary from descendants and musicians- some of whom are very well known. There's a tremendous amount of classical music woven into the soundtrack. This is required viewing for anyone with an interest in the Holocaust, the Second World War, or just classical music as a whole. Highly recommended.

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