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Welcome  to Rob Huberman’s website dedicated to my grandfather’s first cousin, renowned Polish violinist and humanitarian Bronislaw Huberman.

Bronislaw has been the family legend for as long as I can remember. On these pages you will find bits and pieces of his legacy that I’ve been collecting as well as  other details about his extraordinary life.

THE BIG NEWS is the feature-length documentary on Bronislaw’s  life has been completed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Josh Aronson. “Orchestra of Exiles” chronicles Bronislaw’s four-year struggle to found the Palestine Symphony in 1936.

  After Hitler came to power, Bronislaw was able to procure exit documents for seventy Jewish musicians fired from orchestras throughout Central Europe and take them to Palestine, to form the orchestra that would become the Israel Philharmonic. These musicians and their families were among the one thousand Jews Bronislaw saved from the Holocaust.

Although Bronislaw was a child prodigy and European violin sensation for decades, his story of humanity and righteousness is virtually unknown in the United States. Please click on the Site Directory (to the right) to view Bronislaw photos, memorabilia, music, articles and more.                Site Directory links ––––>

Learn more about the film project.
Watch a film clip from the promo on the story of Bronislaw & “Orchestra of Exiles”

            Bronislaw with Albert Einstein

 

The young prodigy

                        As a teenager

16 Comments to Home

  • Rabbi Avrum Friedmann says:

    After WWII, my father studied voice in Italy with the teacher of Benyamino Gigli. His friends were musical students and musicians. Once, to some of the violinists, he remarked, that they probably would want to be the next Heifitz. Their was response was, that on the contrary, they wanted to be the next Huberman!

  • Madeline Lyon says:

    I see that my brother Robert Weinfeld has previously left a comment. I am the daughter of Paula (Huberman) Weinfeld and am trying to find out more about her family. She has always talked about her connection to Bronislaw Huberman. I have been doing some reserach and wonder if you have any information about the connection.

  • Andrew Szulc says:

    Hello,
    Below in polish short introduction and link to interesting program on Polish Radio about this great man Bronislaw Huberman. It is worth to note that Stradivarious Violin that he was playing and presently owned by Joshuy Bell was a gift he received from Count Jan Zamojski.

    W przeddzien koncertu Joshuy Bella na rzecz Muzeum Historii Zydów Polskich zaprezentujemy opowiesc o Bronislawie Hubermanie, wybitnym polskim skrzypku pochodzenia zydowskiego. Huberman dostal skrzypce Stradivariusa od swojego mecenasa hrabiego Jana Zamoyskiego. Dwa razy mu zaginely. Teraz sa w posiadaniu amerykanskiego skrzypka, który przywiezie je do Polski i na nich zagra.

    http://www.polskieradio.pl/Player

    Regards,
    Andrew

  • Angelique says:

    Just recently I viewed the Orchestra of Exiles on Netflix. It was quite fascinating and propelled me to dig deeper into the subject. I am very keen on reading Elza Galafras’s biography, Lives,Loves,Losses but can not find a print version anywhere. Perhaps you have a suggestion where I might find this. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  • Husnul says:

    I write you from Paris, France, where I manage a small pubhnsliig house.In 2015, we plan to offer to French music-lovers the French edition of Fritz Busch Memoirs Aus dem Leben eines Musikers and write a second book as the Memoirs end in 1933. We are interested in all documents from those who left Germany.As Bronislaw Huberman wrote an Open letter to the German intellectuals in order to remain them where the true valors were, I would bee extremely happy to read it if it is possible.I haven’t find it so far, so perhaps can you help me.Your grandfather was a great violonist and a great man !My best wishes to you and your family. Your website shows that life prevails on History murder times. Fabian Gastellier

  • Sandra Zaninovich says:

    Just viewed the marvelous Orchestra of Exiles film on PBS and am thunderstruck and so ashamed that I had never heard of this great man heretofore, and I’m even a (amateur) violinist! But once having heard this absolutely thrilling and fantastic story, rest assured that I will never forget his name. I only wish that more had been told about how his violin was finally recovered, and why he died so very young. Hopefully I’ll be able to discover something on the internet….something he never could have dreamed of.

  • Warren says:

    My parents, Alberto and Angelina Huberman, told the story of Bronislaw Huberman’s life to a Mexican writer, Arturo Azuela, who was at that time my brother Rafaelb’s father-in-law. He wrote a book on the stolen violin episode: Arturo Azuela. Estuche para dos violines. Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Econfmica. 1995.

  • This is a wonderful site, Rob, thanks for sharing this information. Please let your and Bronislaw Huberman fans know that PBS will present the television premiere of Orchestra of Exiles across the U.S. on Sunday, April 14, 10 pm. PBS has a robust website on the film at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/orchestra-of-exiles.com

  • Robert Weinfeld says:

    Good morning Rob

    I am the son of Paula (Huberman) Weinfeld, from Radom, Poland. It was very exciting to see Bronislaw Huberman’s violin noted in the February 18, 2013 TIME 10 Questions. The last time I saw mention of the violin was in the program notes during a National Symphoney Orchestra concert in Washington, DC some time in the late 1980′s. Paula was at the convert with me and she could not contain herself.

  • I write you from Paris, France, where I manage a small publishing house.
    In 2015, we plan to offer to French music-lovers the French edition of Fritz Busch Memoirs “Aus dem Leben eines Musikers” and write a second book as the Memoirs end in 1933. We are interested in all documents from those who left Germany.
    As Bronislaw Huberman wrote an “Open letter” to the German intellectuals in order to remain them where the true valors were, I would bee extremely happy to read it if it is possible.
    I haven’t find it so far, so perhaps can you help me.
    Your grandfather was a great violonist and a great man !
    My best wishes to you and your family. Your website shows that life prevails on History murder times. Fabian Gastellier

  • Gary Fitelberg says:

    My relative was the prominent Polish composer/conductor GRZEGORZ FITELBERG.
    He was closely affilated with Jewish-Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman and was under consideration to become the conductor of the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Wow Rob — this is incredible…you never told me…and Brahms!!! Please let me know what I can do…

  • florence harshman says:

    Facinating. When and how will I be able to see the finished product?

  • Eric Herdan says:

    The prospect of a film devoted to the life of Bronislaw Huberman is profoundly thrilling to me, having known a little of his tremendous efforts and of course, his strongly individualistic musicianship. I greet you with Best Wishes for this great project, on the 129th anniversary of the birth of this giant of a human being.

  • Michele Rappoport says:

    A fascinating and important story. Thanks for creating this site, which will bring the life and accomplishments of Bronislaw Huberman to a wider audience.

  • Alan Sorkowitz says:

    This story is truly amazing and one that should be better known–A violin virtuoso who saw the immense tragedy that lay ahead, devoted himself to saving those he could save, and in so doing gave humanity a legacy of beauty and culture literally saved from the ashes of the Holocaust. Thanks to everyone who is working to tell the story of this amazing man.

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