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 (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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