Presentation Book Launch: The Vanished Musicians

Vanished Musicians Albrecht Dümling

Tue, 23.08.2016

18:00 - 20:00


Albrecht Dümling on Jewish Refugees in Australia

About 9,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany settled in Australia between 1933 and 1945, a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands who fled. Coming from a country that according to Hitler needed ‚racial purification‘, they arrived in a continent that was dominated by the White Australia policy. Although initially greeted with a mixed reception, some of these refugees remained and made a significant impact on multicultural Australia.

Albrecht Dümling, musicologist and music critic from Berlin, in many years of research discovered nearly a hundred displaced musicians who came to Australia. Drawing on extensive primary sources – including correspondence, travel documents and interviews with the refugees themselves of their descendants – he traced the difficult journey of orchestral performers, virtuoso soloists, singers, conductors and composer. Available for the first time in English, this volume brings to light a wealth of Jewish, exilic and musical history that was hitherto unknown.

The book launch will include a lecture of the author on musical contributions of foreigners in Germany and Australia, followed by a panel discussion. The participants are Diana K. Weekes, the translator of the book, John Davis (Australian Music Centre), Joseph Toltz (Sydney University Conservatorium) and Andrea Bandhauer (Sydney University).

Date: Tuesday 23 August 2016
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Sydney, 90 Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Language: English
Entry: Free with registration
Registration: Please email until 22 August 2016


All Albrecht Dümling events in Australia:


21 August — 4 pm
Emanuel Synagogue

22 August — 5 pm
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

23 August — 6 pm


28 August — 2.30 pm
Jewish Museum

31 August — 12.15 pm
East Melbourne Synagogue

01 September — 12 pm
Melbourne University Conservatorium