Inextinguishable Symphony
Martin Goldsmith

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Narrated By: Martin Goldsmith

Duration: 11 hours and 37 minutes

What to expect

In the spring of 1933, more 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 Jüdische Kulturbund, or Jewish Culture 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. A poignant testament to the enduring vitality of music and love even in the harshest times, The Inextinguishable Symphony gives us a compelling look at an important piece of Holocaust history that has heretofore gone largely untold.


The Holocaust, Biography: general, Biography: arts and entertainment, Composers and songwriters, Musicians, singers, bands and groups, Biography: historical, political and military, History, European history, Social and cultural history

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“Astonishing…Goldsmith [writes] with modesty, restraint, and skill…masterly.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“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.”

ABC News

“A deeply affecting story…Goldsmith’s account offers an excellent contribution to Holocaust studies.”

Publishers Weekly

“A gripping tale of persecution, intrigue, and love and an insider’s—or two insiders’—view of a dark time.”