Book cover of Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance  by Jeremy Eichlerby Jeremy Eichler

Finalist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction • The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A stirring account of how music bears witness to history and carries forward the memory of the wartime past

In 1785, when the great German poet Friedrich Schiller penned his immortal “Ode to Joy,” he crystallized the deepest hopes and dreams of the European Enlightenment for a new era of peace and freedom, a time when millions would be embraced as equals. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony then gave wing to Schiller’s words, but barely a century later these same words were claimed by Nazi propagandists and twisted by a barbarism so complete that it ruptured, as one philosopher put it, “the deep layer of solidarity among all who wear a human face.”

Interview with the Author

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Time’s Echo with Jeremy Eichler
10/19/23          57 min

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