Orchestra of Exiles is the thrilling story of how one man helped save Europe’s premier Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis. In the 1930s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians, but a very successful soloist fought back. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, the world famous violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved Europe’s great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including music conductor Arturo Toscanini and scientist Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1,000 Jews—and guaranteed the survival of Europe’s musical heritage. This documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson features commentary by musical greats including violinist Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra music director Zubin Mehta, violinist Joshua Bell and descendants of original orchestra members. 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 and classical music history.
Orchestra of Exiles premieres Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS.