By 1939, 30 000 intellectuals and radicals were exiled from Europe, 80% were Jewish. These dramatic events sent many of the greatest minds of the 20th century into exile in the United States. The manna of creative intensity that hovered over Berlin in the 1920s – in music, art, theater and film – that glow of aesthetic productivity was extinguised. In some ways, Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s may be seen as its afterglow... when scores of émigrés, fleeing the upsurge of European fascism, briefly transforrmed Southern California into one of the capitals of world culture, and profoundly altered the horizons of American music, literature, and the arts.
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti