20 years Leo Smit Foundation

Hidden Treasures

Discover the music banned by the Nazis

The Leo Smit Foundation offers Amsterdam visitors a one hour introduction to suppressed music with a series of early evening concerts in the heart of the old Jewish Quarters. Musicians from the Netherlands and abroad, including Russian pianist Jascha Nemtsov and the Jacques Thibaud Ensemble from Berlin, perform works by composers suppressed by Nazi Germany. The concerts feature works by composers such as Erwin Schulhoff, Ernest Bloch, Stan Golestan, Bob Hanf, Henriëtte Bosmans, Hanns Eisler, Alberto Hemsi and Joseph Achron. Composers and their works are introduced in English.

Music from the roaring twenties and thirties is often jazzy and optimistic. During the Second World War, this music was forbidden simply because a composer either had a Jewish background or refused to comply with Nazi rules. Such composers had to give up their social positions, and their music was banned from all public performances. Most Jewish composers were deported, their personal belongings plundered. Many of them lost their lives. Their personal archives as well as their musical heritage were eradicated. At Leo Smit Foundation we collect and share knowledge about composers who were persecuted in the Second World War. We started in 1996 with research on the composer Leo Smit. Since then we have researched and performed the music of more than hundred composers.


Monday 15th April 2013 | 18.00 - 19.00 hrs

Coplas Sephardies

Jascha Nemtsov
Jascha Nemtsov and Tehila Nini Goldstein present works by Russian Jewish composers who at the start of the 20th century were producing a new Jewish sound.

Tehila Nini Goldstein – mezzo soprano
Eleonore Pameijer - flute
Jascha Nemtsov – piano

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Eleonore Pameijer

Artistic leader and co-founder of the Leo Smit Foundation Eleonore Pameijer presents a selection of hidden treasures.

Concert venue Bethanienklooster

Bethaniënklooster has a beautiful concert hall with good acoustics and is situated in the heart of old Jewish Amsterdam. The Jewish Historical Museum is within walking distance.

Jacques Thibaud Ensemble

The Jacques Thibaud Ensemble from Berlin in front of the Bethaniënklooster.

Robbert Muuse en Micha van Weers

Baritone Robbert Muuse and pianist Micha van Weers offer a selection of 'silent songs'.

Gaugin Ensemble

Gauguin Ensemble: Yfynke Hoogeveen (clarinet) and Loes van Ras (piano)

Irene Maessen

Soprano Irene Maessen (photo Gary Raduziner)

Tehila Nini Goldstein

Tehila Nini Goldstein sings Sephardic songs by Alberto Hemsi.

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