Winter Journey (Vinterrejse)

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Documentary Feature, Germany, 2020. Directed by Anders Østergaard.
George Goldsmith, nee Guenther Ludwig Goldschmidt, met his future wife, Rosemarie Gumpert, when they were both members of the Judische Kulturbund, or Jewish Cultural Association, a remarkable ensemble of Jewish musicians, actors, and dancers that was maintained as an insidious propaganda tool by Minister Joseph Goebbels. Guenther and Rosemarie performed with the Kulturbund orchestra between 1935 and 1941. Now living at the edge of the Arizona desert in Tucson, the elder Goldsmith shares his recollections of his tumultuous youth in a series of conversations with his son, Martin Goldsmith, known to American radio listeners as the long-time host of NPR’s “Performance Today." Conversations together with archival footage recreations of actual events take a journey through time and space that leads inexorably to the film’s gut-punch of a finale.

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Join us for a conversation with writer/actor Martin Goldsmith after the final credits.

Martin Goldsmith, author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany, on which this film is based, also appears in the film. Goldsmith has been a classical music radio programmer and presenter for more than fifty years. For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he served as the host of “Performance Today,” National Public Radio’s daily classical music program. During Mr. Goldsmith’s tenure as host, PT won the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting. He semi-retired three years ago from Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, DC, where he now hosts music programs on weekend afternoons. Beginning in 2000, he became the company’s director of classical music programming.



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