Winter Journey

Dirs. Anders ØstergaardErzsébet Rácz | 90 min
Documentary Denmark, Germany 2019
EnglishGerman with English subtitles

Winter Journey is based on American radio host Martin Goldsmith’s book about his Jewish parents, who fled Nazi Germany. Both were talented musicians who, after the Nuremberg Laws were enacted in 1935, were only able to perform as members of the Jewish Cultural Federation, an extraordinary artistic organization fully controlled by the Reich Chamber of Culture. This film uses remarkable and brilliantly edited archival material to bring to life the reality of their beautiful and painful love story.

It also includes reenactments of the conversations Martin Goldsmith had with his father in preparation for his book. The dynamic that emerges in the interaction between Goldsmith himself as the unseen interviewer and a vulnerable Bruno Ganz as his father is fascinating. On one occasion, Ganz even references his legendary role as Hitler in Downfall, when Goldsmith, Sr., mimics the agitated Nazi official who stamps his visa. In ways like this, the story transcends its modest place in the history of the war.

Rental includes a recorded conversation with film subject Martin Goldsmith which will automatically play after the film.


Martin Goldsmith is the author of Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, the story of his grandfather and uncle, who were two of the more than 900 passengers on the ill-fated Jewish refugee ship St. Louis in 1939, and his own six-week journey in their footsteps in 2011.  His first book, The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany, told the riveting story of the Jewish Kulturbund, an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by the Nazis between 1933 and 1941, an ensemble that included Mr. Goldsmith’s parents.  The Inextinguishable Symphony is the basis of the acclaimed 2019 film Winter Journey, co-written by Mr. Goldsmith, directed by Anders Ostergaard, and starring Bruno Ganz.

Martin Goldsmith has been a classical music radio programmer and presenter for forty-nine years.  He semi-retired two years ago from Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, DC, where he now hosts music programs on weekend afternoons. He was the company’s initial Director of classical music programming, beginning in 2000.  For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he served as the host of “Performance Today,” National Public Radio’s daily classical music program. During Mr. Goldsmith’s tenure as host, PT won the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting.  



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