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Biographical/Historical Information

The conductor Leo Kopf was born in Targovicz, Lower Silesia (Targowica, Poland) in 1888. He was a noted figure in the musical world in Germany, specifically after 1933 when he was musical director of the Berlin Jewish Community and conducted concerts presented by Jüdischer Kulturbund. In 1939 he escaped Nazi Germany to London, where he formed a choral society and a string orchestra, and then to the United States. Leo Kopf died in New York in 1953.

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Leo Kopf composing, Leo Baeck Institute, F 19113.