Orchestra of Exiles

Director: Josh Aronson
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 85 min
Language: English
Date: Thursday, November 14, 11 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Guest: Dorit Straus in conversation with Author/Journalist Carol Saline
Special Event: Post-film discussion and box lunch


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One Polish violinist. 70 Jewish musicians. Together, they waged a four-year struggle, fighting the Nazis with the only weapon they had: music. From Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who used his vision and resourcefulness to rescue some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany. Spiriting Jewish musicians away under the shadow of the Nazis, and in spite of resistance from Zionist officials, Huberman succeeded in creating one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the future Israeli Philharmonic. This exhilarating documentary is a suspenseful tale of escape accompanied by an excellent musical score. NPR raved, “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES will interest anyone who’s concerned with European Jewry or classical music in the first half of the 20th century.”

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