A Dutch orchestra with a Jewish connection

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April 20, 2017 17:51

The Philips Symphony Orchestra, on tour here next week, evokes the memory of Frits Philips, who was responsible for over 500 Jews surviving the horrors of the Holocaust.




The Philips Symphony Orchestra

The Philips Symphony Orchestra. (photo credit: Courtesy)

There’s nothing like a blockbuster Hollywood movie to get a story out to the masses.

Hence, for example, many are aware of the bravery and ingenuity of German industrialist Oskar Schindler and his efforts to save over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust. But how many people identify similar heroism with Frederik “Frits” Philips? If the name rings a bell at all, it is probably in conjunction with the Dutch electronics giant based at Eindhoven.

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