Arthur Bernstein (concert director)

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Arthur Bernstein (also: Artur Bernstein (born 1878 ; died after 1938 ) was a German concert director and concert agent as well as the namesake of the concert and theater director Arthur Bernstein .


Arthur Bernstein was born into a Jewish family. He and his wife Ottilie Bernstein settled in Hanover at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries , where the two of them jointly took over the Adolph Nagel music shop previously run by Karl Ost . According to the city of Hanover's address book for 1902, the business was located on the ground floor at Georgstrasse 33, while the new owner, as head of the household, lived privately at the time at Rundestrasse 4 .

As a result, the couple began to set up a concert agency and soon made a name for themselves internationally “by organizing successful tours by important artists”. For example, the "Kammersänger Alexander Heinemann was hired under brilliant conditions by the concert directorate Adolph Nagel (Artur Bernstein) in Hanover for a tour through the United States of North America and Canada," whose tour was planned for 1910 and 1911. Even the composer Richard Strauss preferred for himself and his playing with the Dresden court orchestra in Berlin and Dresden the “Concertdirektion Artur Bernstein Hannover, Holzgrabenstr. 6 ".

In the meantime, the young couple had their son Hans Bernstein or Hans Julius Bernstein born on September 13, 1903, and their parents let them attend the Leibniz School . The later conductor and composer emigrated due to the even before the seizure of power by the National Socialists began anti-Semitic harassment in 1936 in the United States , where his name to Harold Byrns changed. However, his father, who was a member of the Reich Association of Jewish Cultural Associations in Germany, was imprisoned during the November pogroms on November 10 and 11, 1938 in the Hanover police prison or in the gym of the police headquarters of the former war school .

An inscription on the family grave at the Bothfeld Jewish cemetery commemorates Arthur and Ottilie Bernstein .

See also

Fonts (selection)

  • Dance. Palucca. , Inside title Palucca. Pictures of reviews and excerpts from reviews of solo and group dance performances in 1926/27. Palucca solo dances. Palucca group dances, sole agency for the whole of Germany and abroad , illustrated brochure (32 pages plus cover) with photographs by Charlotte Rudolph , Hugo Erfurth , Selma Genthe and Wilhelm Moeck , Hanover: Konzertdirektion Arthur Bernstein, [1927?]

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Konrad Heiden : Bernstein, Arthur (born 1878) , in ders .: Documentation of the Jewish Hanoverians arrested during the pogrom on November 10 and 11, 1938 , in Wolf-Dieter Mechler , Carl Philipp Nies (Red. ): The November 1938 pogrom in Hanover. Accompanying volume to the exhibition from November 5, 2008 to January 18, 2009 in the Historisches Museum Hannover (= writings of the Historisches Museum Hannover , Volume 33), Hannover: Landeshauptstadt Hannover, [2008?], ISBN 978-3-910073-34-0 , Pp. 67-91; here: p. 86
  2. ^ A b Wolfgang Mende , Hans-Günter Ottenberg (Ed.): Richard Strauss and the Saxon State Orchestra. Scientific presentations at the conference in honor of Richard Strauss' 150th birthday from November 9th to 11th, 2014 in Dresden. Organized by the Chair of Musicology at the Technical University of Dresden in cooperation with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (= Dresden Contributions to Music Research , Volume 5), Hildesheim; Zurich; New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2019, ISBN 978-3-487-15701-6 and ISBN 3-487-15701-2 , p. 622; limited preview in Google Book search
  3. a b c d Peter Schulze : Search for traces. Expropriated books as historical sources , in Thomas Elsmann (Ed.): In the footsteps of the owners. Acquisition and return of books by Jewish owners using the example of Bremen (= writings of the State and University Library Bremen , Volume 5), Bremen: State and University Library, 2004, pp. 69–95, v. a. Pp. 77-79 et al .; limited preview in Google Book search
  4. Address book, city and business manual of the royal residence city of Hanover and the city of Linden, as well as the localities Döhren-Waldhausen, Limmer and Ricklingen , Department I, Part III: Alphabetical directory of residents and trading companies , Hanover: Printing and publishing by Berthold Pokrantz, [ without year; 1901], p. 971; Digitized version of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library via the German Research Foundation
  5. ^ Neue Musik Zeitung , 31st year, published by Carl Grüninger, Stuttgart Leipzig 1910, p. 47; Digitization via the internet archive
  6. a b Peter Schulze: Byrns, Harold , in: Hannoversches Biographisches Lexikon , p. 82 and Byrns, Harold , in: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 103
  7. Information in the catalog of the German National Library