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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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Rosy Wertheim

Rosy Wertheim (1888 - 1949)

Rosy Wertheim was one of the first Dutch women composers who completed a professional music education and gained international acclaim. Next to music, she was deeply committed to social causes. She lived in Paris for seven years, and for some time in Vienna and New York; her home was a meeting point for artists. Her compositions were performed nationally and internationally, and she worked as a correspondent for several newspapers and magazines. She was in the Netherlands when World War II …   more

new additions

  • April 2, 2020
    Henriëtte Bosmans

    Daar komen de Canadezen

    Words by Fedde Schurer. May 1945 Orchestration (sketch) available Netherlands Music Institute archive registration number 024/122
  • March 17, 2020
    Henriëtte Bosmans

    In den regen

    Words by A. Roland-Holst. August 1947
  • Henriëtte Bosmans

    Dit eiland

    Words by A. Roland Holst. August 1947

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