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Virtual Book Launch: Musicians’ Exile in Shanghai, 1938–1949

October 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this virtual lecture, Sophie Fetthauer will present her recently published monograph Musiker und Musikerinnen im Shanghaier Exil 1938–1949.

More than 450 musicians were among the approximately 18,000 mostly Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria who fled Nazi persecution to Shanghai from 1938. For most of them, the Chinese port city was not a preferred destination. The situation there was marked by Japanese military occupation, temporary ghettoization, destructions of war, and shortages. Against this complex background, this volume is the first comprehensive examination of the conditions of the professional spheres of activity, the (sub) cultural developments, and the adaptation and demarcation of the musicians who fled to Shanghai. Topics covered by the study are the role of aid organizations in preparing the exile, the popular music scene, the trade union involvement, the classical music scene and institutionalization, the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, stage productions, Jewish cantors in synagogues and concerts, music educators and Chinese student circles, activities of composers, and the migration and rehabilitation after the end of the war.

About the speaker:

Sophie Fetthauer studied Musicology and Literature at the University of Hamburg, PhD in 2002; various research projects on music and musical life in the “Third Reich” and in exile with a focus on biographies, company and institutional history, exile in Shanghai as well as displaced person camps and remigration in the post-war period; co-editor of the “Lexikon verfolgter Musiker und Musikerinnen der NS-Zeit”.


Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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October 20, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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7 comments so far

  • Eshagh Shaoul says:

    I would very much like to watch this presentation. I am in the U.S. on Eastern Standard time. I assume I will need to watch it at 1:30 pm. Will you be sending me a link?

    • Lara Sebire-Hawkins says: [ Staff Member ]

      If you have registered to attend the Library’s talk via Eventbrite, you will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event. Thank you.

  • Peter E. Engler says:

    I was born in Berlin in 1934. After Kristallnacht we fled to Shanghai where I grew up from 1939 to 1949.
    I spent one year in Israel, and another year bumming around in Italy and Austria before ending up in Montreal.
    I attended McGill U. with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering . I then earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at Cornell U, moved to Buffalo, NY where I earned a Ph.D in biophysics. I moved to NJ in 1974 and am now Assoc. Prof. Emeritus at the NJ Inst. of Technology.
    I am classified as a Holocaust Survivor and am occasionally invited to tell “my story” at schools and the occasional church and synagogue.
    At the next Yom Ha Shoah next April I shall tell my story at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

  • Linda Shivers says:

    What time zone?

  • Steven Less says:

    I would very much appreciate still being able to register for the Sophie Fetthauer book presentation scheduled for later today. Can you please make an exception to the online registration deadline???

    Virtual Book Launch: Musicians’ Exile in Shanghai, 1938–1949
    October 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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