Letters From Lightstone: Sites & Sounds of Israel, Part 14

Jul 07, 2014

By Valerie Massie

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Follow ZoomerMedia’s Marilyn Lightstone, host of Nocturne, as she travels to Israel this summer to bring you first-hand coverage of this culturally-rich country. In this dispatch, she sends a letter to her friend Maestro Kerry Stratton, host of Conductor’s Choice on The New Classical 96.3 FM.

Dear Kerry,

I’m sending these images not because they have any intrinsic value, either as photography or video, but because of the history of the locale.

Did you happen to see the documentary about Huberman, an early 20th century violin sensation in Germany? A fascinating story!

Though he toured the world, he was based in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi era and sensed the need for Jews to leave the country before it was too late. So great was his fame and influence, that one by one, he managed to get exit visas from the Nazi authorities for the Jewish musicians from The Berlin Philharmonic to leave Germany and to go to Israel. Needless to say, this was not an easy task. The visas came slowly, and Huberman knew that the virulent antisemitism of the Nazi regime was growing with every day. Some of the musicians were reluctant to leave. After all, were they not acclaimed for their art? Were they not proud Germans?

Nor were things easy at the other end either. Ben Gurion’s priority was that the precious entry visas allowed under the British Mandate were needed for farmers, builders, and doctors. Why on earth should he give them to musicians!…Continue reading on everythingzoomer.com…

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