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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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Hans Lachman

Hans Lachman (1906 - 1990)

Born in Germany as Heinz Lachmann, Hans Lachman started his musical career in film music and light music. After World War II, which he survived by hiding in the province Limburg, he began composing in a modern classical idiom, building up a considerable oeuvre, including Jewish liturgical music. It is hard to believe that his music, so frequently broadcasted, was later completely forgotten until 2008, when his scores were discovered in a damp garden shed.  by Eleonore Pameijer   more

new additions

  • May 17, 2021
    Hans Krieg


    Scenes of a fair. Op. 142 No. 1-7 1. Kermis (Fair), 2. Draaimolen (Merry-go-round), 3. Orgelpoppen (Barrel-organ-dolls ), 4. In de tent (In the tent), 5. Bij de waarzegger (At the fortune-teller), 6. Bij de athleet (At the athlete), 7. Luchtballons (Air Balloons)  
  • May 11, 2021
    Paul Hermann


    26th June 1920
  • Paul Hermann

    Quatre épigrammes

    I. Allegro II. Andante in modo arabo III. Allegro assai IV. Allegro ma non troppo

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