Orchestra of Exiles
Documentary | 85 minutes | 2012
Bronislaw Huberman was a world-renowned Jewish violinist who performed in every major city in Europe and North America. By 1932, Huberman put aside his concert career as he witnessed the rise of Hitler and the firing of Jewish musicians from German orchestras. Huberman spent the next four years rescuing over 1,000 German musicians by bringing them to Palestine. He then auditioned the musicians and selected the members of what would be the Palestine Symphony Orchestra. Delays occurred as Palestine erupted with violence from the Arab residents. Realizing the musicians remaining in Germany faced extermination, Huberman called on his contacts to bring the remaining musicians to Palestine. His success was assured when he convinced Arturo Toscanini to conduct the opening concert on December 26, 1936. The huge success led to the ultimate formation of the superb Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. But more so, in those dark days of Hitler and anti-Semitism, Huberman uplifted the spirits and hopes of a beleaguered people.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
- The town of Częstochowa, Poland, renamed its orchestra the Bronislaw Huberman Philharmonic in honor of its native violinist.Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
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It’s a great, too-little-known piece of history.
Richly researched and partly told by some of today’s top-flight musicians, ORCHESTRA of EXILES retraces the world-renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman’s heroic feat of organizing an orchestra from the genocidal scourge of the Nazis.
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