The conductor Christoph Eschenbach has urged the German government not to set a limit on the number of refugees it admits. In an interview with DPA ahead of a Europe tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, Eschenbach recalled his flight as a child from East Prussia, ahead of the Russian army. His grandmother would die in a refugee camp.
‘In the deep snow of 1945, one searched for a crust of bread,’ he recalled. ‘And the person in front, or behind you, would just die. I can understand this (refuugee) phenomenon very, very well.’