The subtitle of this book is "A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany," and the accent is on the music and love. Martin Goldsmith, former host of National Public Radio's "Performance Today," was born in St. Louis, and knew little about his parents' background growing up in Germany and trying to establish musical careers (his father on flute, his mother on viola and violin) as Jews in Nazi Germany. In this book he delves into their past and comes up with an inspiring story of goodness and evil, love and death, those who are saved and those who are lost. His father had already made good his escape from the gathering storm in 1936 by emigrating to Sweden, but returned to Germany to take a job with a Frankfurt "Jewish orchestra" and be near the woman he had only recently met but would eventually marry. Chapter 11, when he escapes from Berlin on foot and train in the wake of Kristallnacht to be near his beloved, is movingly cinematic.
This report prepared by David Loftus