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Music of the Holocaust: The Holocaust's Impact at Curtis

Richard Stöhr

Richard Stöhr (1874–1967) was a Viennese pianist and teacher. When the Nazis invaded Austria, Stöhr wrote to Mary Louise Curtis Bok about procuring a position for him at Curtis so that he could attain a work visa in the United States. Eventually, Bok relented, and Stöhr spent time on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

David Arben

David Arben (born Chaim Arbeitman) was a Jewish violinist from Poland. He lost his family at the hand of the Nazis. Narrowly escaping death himself, he owes his survival to his appeal as a musician. After the war, Arben emigrated to the United States, where he was eventually a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. After graduating, he had an illustrious career that included being the associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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