Beethoven in the Bunker: Musicians Under the Nazi Regime


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5.4 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Fred Brouwers is a Flemish radio and television presenter and connoisseur of classical music. For many years he has hosted the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium, for up-and-coming classical musicians. Beethoven in the Bunker is his first book to appear in English.

Eileen J. Stevens earned her MA in linguistics with a specialization in translation from the University of Amsterdam. Her translation credits include Anna Enquist's The Homecoming and a co-translation (with Anna Asbury) of Connie Palmen's Your Story, My Story, which was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award. She has also translated numerous essays on classical music and the arts. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Stevens played the violin in a Dutch orchestra for twenty-five years before turning her attention to literary translation.


"[An] intriguing study...Brouwers's love of music and fascination with the era come through." --Publishers Weekly

"Brouwers is meticulous in detailing the musical and personal biographies of these artists...he muses on the political and social uses of music during World War II, concluding that 'Art and indeed music know no boundaries.'" --Jewish Book Council

"A fascinating collection of historical glimpses, curated and examined, with palpable enthusiasm, by a man who has passionately served and studied music for most of his life. Beethoven in the Bunker preserves important stories: stories of bravery and activism, stories of unforgivable racism, and stories of lives that very same racism banished to obscurity. A must-read for music lovers, history buffs, and anyone seeking to understand our collective past." --Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch, author of Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music

"At a time when tribalism, nationalism, and authoritarianism are back on the front burner worldwide, the translation of Fred Brouwers's heart-wrenching book could not be more timely, for the dogs of war, once again, froth at the mouth. The Flemish author's crisply written accounts of the trials and tribulations of classical musicians, composers, and conductors under Nazism are also about the importance culture has in building our humanity, and about how politics at their very worst seek to tear up what makes us humane, and even human." --Michaël Amy, Professor of Art History, Rochester Institute of Technology