father, non-Jewish mother.
2. Information elsewhere on the Internet
indicates that Leopold Damrosch's mother was not
Jewish, which is untrue. She was born
Jeanette Peltesohn (or Peltasohn) to Eliezer
Lazarus and Henrietta (née Urbach) Peltesohn in
Breslau. She had brothers with the given
names Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Heimann, and
Benjamin. One of her sisters was named Sara
Malke Ginsburg. Another sister, Dorothea,
also married into the Jewish Damrosch family.
"Petlesohn" and "Urbach" (a variant of "Auerbach")
were both surnames borne by Jews in early
nineteenth century Breslau, according to Lars
Menk's A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames
(Avotaynu, Bergenfield, NJ, 2005).
3. Jewish father,Leopold Damrosch, non-Jewish
mother. See footnote above.
4. In his autobiography, Notes of Seven
Decades (Wayne State University Press,
Detroit, 1981, p. 82), Doráti states that he
came from a family of "mixed but mostly of Jewish
5. Jewish mother (née Rose Steuermann, sister of
the concert pianist Eduard Steuermann and the
actress Salka Viertel), non-Jewish father.
See, e.g., the third question in the 27 June 2007
where Gielen is asked "War diese
Außenseiterhaltung nicht schon in Ihrer Kindheit
angelegt, erst als Halbjude in Dresden und Wien,
dann als Deutscher in Argentinien?" ("Was this
outsider perspective not already present in your
childhood, first as a half-Jew in Dresden and
Vienna, then as a German in Argentina?")
Gielen responds in part: "Ja, sie hat sicher auch
mit dem Judentum zu tun und damit...Ich nehme ja
auch am jüdischen Leben nicht teil, außer auf einer
intellektuellen Basis. Intellektuell bin ich
Deutscher und Jude und verdanke Argentinien die
Kenntnis des lateinischen Kulturkreises."
("Yes, it certainly had a lot to do with Judaism...I
do not participate in Jewish life, except on an
intellectual basis. Intellectually, I am both
a German and a Jew, and owe to Argentina a knowledge
of Latin culture.")
mother, non-Jewish father; see http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/000531-NL-janson.html.
mother, non-Jewish father; see Kirill Kondrashin:
His Life in Music, by Gregor Tassie
(Scarecrow, Lanham, MD, 2010, p.2).
8. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.
father [Alexandre Minkowski, the son of the
existentialist psychiatrist Eugène Minkowski and
the psychologist Françoise Minkowski - see
biographies in the Encyclopaedia
Judaica, Vol. 12 (Keter, Jerusalem,
1972, pp. 33-34)].
10. De Sabata, who succeeded Toscanini as
principal conductor at La Scala in 1930 (and held
that position until 1957), was described as being
Jewish during Wilhelm Furtwängler's postwar
tribunal. A profile of de Sabata written by
Mario Biondi describes de Sabata's mother,
Rosita Tedeschi, as "triestina di origine
ebraica," a Triestine of Jewish
origin. See also http://www.musicacademyonline.com/composer/biographies.php?bid=148.