Advance Praise for the Inextinguishable Symphony ""A Fascinating Insight into a Virtually Unknown Chapter of Nazi Rule in Germany, Made all the More Engaging through a Son's Discovery of His Own Remarkable Parents."" -Ted Koppel, ABC News ""An Immensely Moving and Powerful Description of those Evil Times. I couldn't Put the Book Down."" -James Galway ""Martin Goldsmith has Written a Moving and Personal Account of a Search for Identity. His is a Story that will Touch All Readers with Its Integrity. This is not about Exorcising Ghosts, but Rather Awakening Passions that no One Ever Knew Existed. This is a Journey Everyone should Take."" -Leonard Slatkin, Music Director National Symphony Orchestra ""For Years I've been Familiar with Martin Goldsmith's Musical Expertise. This Book Explains the Source of His Knowledge and His Passion for the Subject. In Tracking the Extraordinary Story of His Parents and the Jewish Kulturbund, Martin Unfolds a Little-Known Piece of Holocaust History, and Finds Depths in His Own Heart that Warm the Hearts of Readers."" -Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent National Public Radio ""[A] Strong and Painful Book, Well-Written, Well-Researched, Moving, and Very Instructive."" -Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer
I really doubt that I'll ever understand the depths of hate that sparked the whole holocaust and underpinned the Nazi Party, but it really boils down to money. The German nation had to pay such a huge indemnity after WWI that it bankrupted their economy. Lets blame the Westerners and the Jews, and our own government at that. Hitler rode that tired old horse as far as he could. Luckily for us, he was both an egomaniac and a strategic dolt, but the stain he left on his adopted nation (he was Austrian and at least a quarter Jewish himself) may never be cleansed.
Because the symphony is highlighted as a title, I assumed it was a larger part of the story than it was. It is called the Kulterbund by the author, not the Indistinguishable Symphony and it lasted only about 5 years from origin to disbanding. So I rate this book a 3.5 instead of a 5 for having a misleading title.
I did not purchase it to hear of the Nazi persecution, which I have read some better books on, such as " The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I was hoping to get more of the orchestra from the other players, not just the parents of the author, and a few friends and a few directors.
Still, it is ok for showing the Nazi persecution of non-Arians, but a little weak on individual musicians during that time with the exception of the author's parents.