An Orchestra of Exiles

The story of Bronislaw Huberman should be more widely known.  A childhood violin prodigy who played for Brahms at the age of 13, Huberman became “The Schindler of the Music World”.  His amazing self-sacrifice in saving lives is documented in a film, Orchestra of Exiles.  The film ranges from Toscanini’s influence in opposing fascism and Hitler, then spearheading of what was to become the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra – to the Stradivarius stolen from Huberman that would wind up in the hands of Joshua Bell. Bell wrote a beautiful piece about the violin, and about Huberman.  Here is the official PBS trailer for Orchestra of Exlies:

The documentary’s filmmaker recently co-authored a book, and between the book and the film perhaps Huberman will become more of a household name.





About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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