Joseph Schmidt was Berlin’s foremost tenor in 1933, when he was forced as a Jew to emigrate. After settling in France, he was forced to flee once again. He died in Switzerland in 1942 after being held in a refugee camp. He was just 38.
The Nazis wiped many of Schmidts broadcast tapes, but one has just turned up in private hands. Listen, and marvel, right here.
h/t: Basia Jaworski