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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Ostbahnhof Berliń

Jewish Music Students of East European Origin at the Berlin Conservatory, 1918‒1933

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Adam J. Sacks

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the reasons why east European Jews sought to study at the Berlin Conservatory. It investigates the dramatic influx of Jewish students, both instrumentalists and composers, that found encouragement and advancement at the Berlin Conservatory between the years 1918 and 1933. It also mentions Władysław Szpilman, Jascha Horenstein, Joseph Rosenstock, and Karol Rathaus that studied in the Berlin Conservatory and went on to find international fame. The chapter analyzes how music functioned as a medium for mobility, nobility, and the transcendence of origins and the strictures of imposed identity. It looks into the eastern European music student's perception of the Berlin Conservatory, which served as a site of self-reinvention and a transit station to the wider world.

Keywords:   Berlin Conservatory, Jewish students, eastern European music, transit station, instrumentalists

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