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Fri frakt inom Sverige för privatpersoner.This book introduces readers to a woman who truly persisted. Anneliese Landau pushed past bias to earn a PhD in musicology in 1930. She then lectured on early German radio, breaking new ground in a developing medium. After the Nazis forced the firing of all Jews in broadcasting in early 1933, Landau worked for a time in the Berlin Jewish Culture League (Judischer Kulturbund), a closed cultural organization created by and for Jews in negotiation with Hitler's regime. But, in 1939, she would emigrate alone, the fate of her family members tied separately to the Kindertransport and to the Terezin concentration camp. Landau eventually settled in Los Angeles, assuming duties as music director of the Jewish Centers Association in 1944. In this role, she knew and worked with many significant historical figures, among them the composer Arnold Schoenberg, conductor Bruno Walter, and the renowned rabbi and philosopher Leo Baeck. Anneliese Landau's Life in Music offers fresh perspective on the Nazi period in Germany as well as on music in southern California, impacted as it was by the many notable emigres from German-speaking lands who settled in the area. But the book, the first to study Landau's life in full, is also a unique story of survival: an account of one woman's confrontation with other people's expectations of her, as a woman and a Jew. Lily E. Hirsch is the author of A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League.
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Preface: The Black Thread PART 1 Standing Up Loss and Gain Her Belin On the Air PART 2 An End and a Beginning The Jewish Culture League Jewish Music in Nazi Germany Kristallnacht Kindertransport PART 3 Leaving Again Judaism in Music Revisited Forbidden Music The Pull West PART 4 The Jewish Community Center International Composers Making Music After War A Cold War in the Sun Spotlighting Composers Back to Europe PART 5 Going Place Valley of the Dismissed? At Her Desk In Memoriam Conclusion: "I Was There" Bibliography Index