|Orchestra of Exiles
A film by Josh Aronson
85 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2012
The thrilling story of how one man helped save Europeís premiere Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis.
In the early 1930's Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews - and guaranteed the survival of Europe's musical heritage.
Featuring commentary by musical greats including Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Joshua Bell, Orchestra of Exiles is a timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age, and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted cultural history.
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"Illuminates humanity's darkest period from a fresh perspective while delivering the story of an astonishing hero little known in America." - Huffington Post
"I defy you to leave with a dry eye." - The Forward
"A great, too-little-known piece of history...marvelous footage!" - Christian Science Monitor
"Richly researched and partly told by some of today's top-flight musicians, 'Orchestra of Exiles' aspires to a level of primary research that other historical documentaries could take a page from." - The New York Times
"One of the best documentaries Iíve seen in years, with the dramatic energy of a fictional narrative." - St. Louis Beacon
See details about this film's theatrical run.
Click here to listen to an interview with director Josh Aronson, conducted by Alan Chartock of WAMC.
Click here to listen to an interview with director Josh Aronson on Telluride Inside and Out.
● Filmmaker Interview