A Theresienstadt instrument is stolen in America

A Theresienstadt instrument is stolen in America


norman lebrecht

January 17, 2022

Message on the Trombone chat site:

I am asking for help from the community to keep an eye out for a trombone that was stolen from the US Postal Service sometime around December 9th 2021 in the New Jersey USA area. The trombone was enroute from Sindelfingen, Germany to the Piano Showcase in Chesapeake, VA for restoration.

The horn is easily identifiable as it is unique. It has a 4 rotary valve block, and a silver garland on the bell enscribed with the maker’s name and city: “Terizin, P. Zalud, Theresienstadt”.

The dollar worth of the horn is insignificant, however, it’s importance is not. It was made by Pavel Zalud around 1939 or 1940. The horn, along with all the other instruments from this maker, were confiscated by the Nazis in 1941 and brought to the camp in Theresienstadt. The Zalud family was wiped out during the war and these instruments are all that remains to remember them by. You can read the history of the Zalud instruments here: https://zagorow.wordpress.com/2019/08/0 … childhood/

If you see this instrument for sale at pawn shops, swap meets, or eCommerce sites, then know that it is stolen and not the property of whoever is selling it. Don’t confront the seller, simply report it to your local authorities and they will take care of any recovery. Send me a pm and let me know about it please.

Theresienstadt was a concentration camp north of Prague where the Nazis encouraged cultural activity in order to fool the Red Cross.


  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is. The alleged “theft” was more likely some poor, downtrodden individual’s only opportunity to democratize a valuable private commodity in order participate in the American dream of entrepreneurship. Remember, we were all told that anyone’s possessions are just things, and things can be replaced with the help of insurance. Don’t be so materialistic.

    • HugoPreuß says:

      Was that supposed to be funny? Because it was not… Hint: concentration camp “humor” falls flat in 100% of cases, and that is putting it mildly. Don’t even try it.

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        I’m sure it was an acerbic comment which was supposed to be ironic and sarcastic. But the last finger-wagging sentence means its writer is better than those being satirized.

    • Ms.Melody says:

      Your comment does not surprise me.
      In 1994 Disney movie “The Lion King” Scar, the bad lion. voiced by Jeremy Irons, has a great line “I am surrounded by idiots!”. This statement has proven to be true countless times over the years.
      So, it stands to reason that I should encounter some of them on my favorite music blog. And, just for the record, some “things” cannot be replaced, but one needs to have a heart and soul to get that.

    • Lynn Stahler says:

      This item is irreplaceable. Insurance might put a random dollar figure on it. I’m sorry you missed the point.

    • Fred Funk says:

      Here’s yet another viola player that should be practicing.

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Point of grammar: “WHO should be practicing”. THAT applies to OBJECTS:

        The cars THAT (or which) have battery power…. The people WHO drive those cars.

    • Jack says:

      Oh. Shut. Up.

  • TNVol says:

    “Never make eye contact with the trombone section. It only encourages them”. R. Strauss (or Wagner)

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    The uniqueness of the instrument will make it very difficult for the perpetrator to pawn it off some place. With the old rotary valve block and the garland on the bell, it’ll stick out like crazy. They certainly won’t be able to sell it on E-Bay or any trombone type website. Hopefully they can locate it and retrieve it.

  • will says:

    Its not clear in the posting whether the instrument is in fact a trombone or a horn (‘French horn’). Regular trombones usually don’t have 4 valves and as far as I know, even valve trombones have only 3, and they are pistons rather than rotors.

  • Gerald Martin says:

    Given the intentionally horrendous mail service in the U.S., the trombone might still show up in the mail. Late mail is now the norm.