Violinist Ernest (Ernst) Drucker’s papers in the LBI archives also reflect the rich pool of talent associated with the Jüdischer Kulturbund during the 1930’s. Unlike many artists of his generation, whose careers were completely derailed by oppression and exile, Drucker was able to continue a successful career in America.
Drucker graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 1933, just as opportunities for Jews in the performing arts in Germany were restricted to the Kulturbund.
In the Kulturbund organizations of Frankfurt and Berlin, Drucker performed with many of the leading musicians and artists in Germany, many of whom would take the same path he did when he came to the United States in 1938. Flyers, program notes, and calendars from the 1930’s show Drucker and his contemporaries performing Mahler and Mendelssohn (both composers whose works were suppressed by the Nazis) under the baton of conductors like William Steinberg, while actors performed and read works by Franz Werfel and Max Brod.
After serving in the US Army, Drucker toured Europe with the chamber group of another German émigré, Adolf Busch, and eventually played first chair in the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Drucker’s papers in the LBI archives document his career on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the early career of his son, Eugene Drucker, who is a violinist for the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet.