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.