Internecine - The Vanished Musicians

Footage shot on Nikon SLR at the York Piano Sanctuary in York, WA. Music by Ian Hazeldine (Antonymes). String arrangement by Charles Sage & Scott Archangel.
Inspired by a Werner Baer arrangement of traditional hymn "Emet Ki Ata" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD19VOLVONE
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Internecine - The Vanished Musicians

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In 2012 historian Albrecht Duemling wrote the book “The Vanished Musicians” about ninety-six German nationals who fled Nazism and settled in Australia. Some were famous touring artists that stayed on; others were lesser-known or part-time musicians forced…


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In 2012 historian Albrecht Duemling wrote the book “The Vanished Musicians” about ninety-six German nationals who fled Nazism and settled in Australia. Some were famous touring artists that stayed on; others were lesser-known or part-time musicians forced to leave Germany or Austria because they were Jewish, had anti-Nazi connections or played blacklisted jazz. Acutely aware that Australian officials insisted on employable practical skills (as the fiercely protectionist Australian Musician’s Union had firewalled the local scene from immigrant talent), most had to downplay their musical talent to enter Australia. Most were forced to abandon music entirely and take other work to secure entry; only a few of them ever worked again as professional musicians.

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    WWII: Ninety-six musicians flee Germany to settle in Australia, many forced to leave their homeland for playing blacklisted jazz. After internment in the desert as enemy aliens, many are forced to abandon their art when immigration officials insist on practical labour skills as a condition of entry. Most downplay their talent to enter safe haven, then disappear into obscurity. Few ever work publicly as musicians again.

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