Buffalo Philharmonic to screen film, host discussion about Kulturbund musicians in Nazi Germany

Posted on: February 9, 2022

“A program on Feb. 10 by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra … recalls a period from 1933 to 1941 when authorities in Nazi Germany restricted Jewish artists to perform non-Jewish works to exclusively Jewish audiences,” writes Mark Sommer in Tuesday’s (2/8) Buffalo News. “The Jews were part of the Kulturbund. [Classical radio host and writer] Martin Goldsmith … learned from his parents later in life that they met as musicians in the Kulturbund. The couple fled Germany in June 1941.… Goldsmith wrote a book in 2000 about his parents’ experience in the Kulturbund called ‘The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany.’ The book was turned into the 2019 movie ‘Winter Journey.’ … The film will be shown at 6 p.m. … followed by a discussion with Goldsmith and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor JoAnn Falletta [and a performance of] Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, ‘The Inextinguishable.’ … When Goldsmith’s parents, Guenther Ludwig Goldschmidt, a flutist, and Rosemarie Gumpert, a violist, met in the Frankfurt Kulturbund in 1936, the conductor was Hans Wilhelm Steinberg. He later emigrated … to the United States where, known as William Steinberg, he began a seven-year stint in 1945 as the BPO’s second music director.”