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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Booklist 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin | 9/2/2010

    " An incredibly moving, well-written story of the author's search for his family's history and his report on the results of that search that uncovers a tale of two beautiful people who who grew up Jewish in Germany - and survived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 8/29/2010

    " Heartbreaking. It's a perspective of the limitations Nazi Germany put on Jews that you don't normally hear about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara | 7/21/2010

    " "Such hope. It breaks your heart." pg 67 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by KayG | 7/19/2010

    " An excellent and informative book about life in Nazi Germany. While music forms the basis for the book, it is an exceptional book for telling about life during that time ..... a very personal look at how the Jews were treated. I learned a lot from this book. "

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About the Author

Martin Goldsmith is director of classical music programming for XM Satellite Radio. From 1989 to 1999, he hosted Performance Today, NPR’s daily classical music program. Since 1984 he has been cohost of Songs for Aging Children, a radio program devoted to the singer-songwriter generation. He lives in Maryland with his wife.