The Mahler Family

In the Rise & Fall
of the Third Reich

By Robin O'Neil

Hardback or paperback, 6 x 1.9 x 9 ”, 828 pages


Through the Mahler family letters between Gustav Mahler and the physicist Arnold Berliner, we are privy to their inner thoughts and daily musical life during Vienna's 'golden autumn' that precedes the turbulent times that followed. After Mahler's passing, and with the rise of National Socialism, we follow the lives of the extended Mahler family, their friends, associates, and Vienna's musical and operatic elite. With the introduction of the Nuremberg Laws, we observe the frontal attack on European Jewry and subsequent deportation policy enabling a 'Jew-free' Reich. Many close friends and family were to end their days in exile and the death camps of Nazi Germany. We follow Dr Berliner into the world of German scientific research, where among this collective of scientists, Berliner's close friend Paul Rosbaud, is the highest-placed British spy in Germany throughout World War II. This was significant in the race to dominate the nuclear age.

…after the war, and well into the 21st century, we are treated to an amazing recovery of perhaps Gustav Mahler's greatest song and with it, a tale of brutality beyond measure in an attempt to save it.

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Biography of the Author
Robin O'Neil

The Author: Honorary
Research Fellow UCL,
Salisbury UK Dr Robin O'Neil

Dr. Robin O'Neil is a former police major crimes investigator who worked at the cutting edge of major criminal investigations in the United Kingdom and Central Europe. Formerly of Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan and Home Counties Police. service, he then took up the challenge of academia. After obtaining his Masterís and Doctorate with University College London, he now specializes in the investigation of Nazi war crimes and the destruction of the European Jewish communities 1933-1945. He is a regular lecturer at Universities in the United Kingdom, United States, Israel and Eastern Europe


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