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Composers persecuted in WWII

During the Second World War, many composers were persecuted by the Nazi’s, because they either had a Jewish background or refused to comply with Nazi rules. Their music was banned from all public performance. The Leo Smit Foundation, founded in 1996, is committed to regain this music.

In more than 200 concerts, we’ve brought to life music that was lost and forgotten. With this website, we share with musicians, programmers and music lovers worldwide what we’ve found, starting with music from composers who lived and worked in the Netherlands.

Here you can search for composers, works for various instrumentations or vocal repertoire. Find scores, look at manuscripts and listen to sound samples.

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Paul Seelig

Paul Seelig (1876 - 1945)

Paul Seelig lived most of his life on the island of Java, but he made trips to Europe, America, Australia, Japan and Siam. He had a music business in Bandung. In his music he combined Eastern and Western elements. He developed into a renowned composer and was programmed at the Wiener Festwochen and many other venues. During the war he remained on Java, at that time Dutch territory, while his other family members lived in the Netherlands. In 1943, he was interned in a camp where he died on …   more

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  • March 28, 2019
    Trio à cordes
    Dick Kattenburg

    Trio à cordes

    1937-1938. 1939 Includes a drawing of a string trio in water colour, most likely depicting Anton Dresden (cello), Theo Kroeze (viola) and Dick Kattenburg (violin)
  • March 21, 2019
    Älie Zijon
    Hans Krieg

    Älie Zijon

    Tischa b'aw - Lied. Arr. Hans Krieg
  • Sa-ee-noe
    Hans Krieg


    Jewish Jemenite Folk Song. Arr. Hans Krieg. Amsterdam, November 1959

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