Torn Between Cultures: A Life of Kathi Meyer-Baer

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This is a biography of Kathi Meyer-Baer. "I first encountered Meyer-Baer while rummaging in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Room of the New York Public Library among the files of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars. This was an organization established in New York soon after the formation of a Nazi government in Germany to help secure academic positions in the United States for scholars dismissed on racial or political grounds from their posts in Germany. Among the hundreds considered for funding from the Emergency Committee during its twelve years of operation were thirty-eight musicians and music scholars, all but one of the men; the exception was Meyer-Baer." (Introduction)

This book was originally published by Pendragon Press in 2012.

Table of Contents


A. Germany
I: Tea Leaves and Women Singing
II: Coming Out of a Cocoon
III: Establishing a Career
IV: A Sinister and Unreal Surrounding
V: Life Has Taught Me to Fight

B. France
VI: Interlude. Naming the Unhealing Rift
VII: We Can Breathe Freely Again
VIII: Troubles After Troubles

C. America
IX. It All Depended on Whom You Met
X. The New York Public Library
XI. You Cannot Upset their Opinions
XII. Am I Over-Particular?
XIII. The Fixing is Fun
XIV. The Sacrifice
XV. A Small But Very Nice Collection
XVI. Hitler Ripped Out Our Tongue
XVII. The Subject Borders Many Related Fields
XVIII. I was Able to Achieve the Goal
XIX. Music of the Spheres and the Dance of Death
XX. Coda

Selective Bibliography of the Writings of Kathi Meyer-Baer

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