Music in Nazi Germany - The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz

In the depths of Nazi Germany's atrocities, music had an unexpected role. Wilhelm Furtwängler, the celebrated conductor, and Alma Rosé, a renowned cellist, found themselves navigating the treacherous terrain of art under tyranny. Furtwängler, pressured to conform to the Nazi regime's ideals, chose to remain in Germany, believing he could preserve the integrity of classical music. On the other hand, Rosé, an Austrian Jew, was imprisoned in Auschwitz, where she courageously organized an orchestra amidst unimaginable horrors. Her music became a beacon of hope and defiance in the face of despair. These two stories intertwine, highlighting the power of art to transcend darkness and provide solace in humanity's darkest hours.