Virtual NYPL Program 9/14: The Unlikeliest Heroines of the Second World War

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New York,
September 14, 2022
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Music and Music History, Research and Methodology

Please join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm EST for The New York Public Library's next Work/Cited program.

Ida and Louise Cook, British sisters and passionate opera devotees, befriended some of the biggest opera stars of the 1920s and 1930s — ultimately setting the stage for unlikely rescue missions of Jewish musicians and performers from Third Reich Germany and Austria.  They were aided by an even more unlikely ally, Austrian conductor Clemens Krauss, a favorite of Adolph Hitler.

In this episode, NYPL's Melanie Locay will be joined by journalist Isabel Vincent, whose latest book Overture of Hope tells the story of the Cook sisters and their daring work.  Vincent will share how the material she consulted across the Library's research collections brought to life "two plucky British music fans" and their efforts to save dozens through means that "resembled the elaborate plots of some of their favorite operas."

Work/Cited showcases the latest scholarship supported by the rich collections of the Library with a behind-the-scenes look at how the finished product was inspired, researched, and created.

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