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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.

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Leo Kok

Leo Kok (1893 - 1992)

The term ‘homo universalis’ or Renaissance Man originated as a description of individuals, that helped humanity escape the dark ages by virtue of their open minds and tenacious pursuit of new knowledge.  Leo Kok was such a polymath in his own lifetime, the twentieth century;  a gifted football player, a pianist of the highest level, a vocal coach, a composer. He also had a great interest in literature and politics. As an anti-fascist activist he joined the resistance …   more

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  • March 13, 2019
    Jeruschalajim
    Hans Krieg

    Jeruschalajim

    In 'Jewish Folk Songs for voice and piano'. No. 58. Arr. Hans Krieg. 28 February 1956
  • Her nor du schain maidele
    Hans Krieg

    Her nor du schain maidele

    In 'Yiddish and Hebrew Songs' No. 10 Arr. Hans Krieg
  • Dos Pastechel
    Hans Krieg

    Dos Pastechel

    In 'Jewish Folk Songs for voice and piano' No. 34 Arr. Hans Krieg

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