Hanuš (Hans) Winterberg

Prague, 1901 – 1991, Stepperg / Upper Bavaria

Winterberg came from an old-established Czech Jewish family in Prague. His teachers were Alexander Zemlinsky and Alois Hába. He was made to divorce his non-Jewish wife by the Nazis in 1944. He left his musical manuscripts in her safe keeping while he was deported to Theresienstadt. Upon his release in May 1945, he discovered that his wife and daughter had been deported as Czech-Germans under the Beneš decree. His Czech citizenship was reinstated and he travelled to Germany to meet with his wife, collect his manuscripts and return to Prague. His visit turned to immigration with the Stalinist coup in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
The Bavarian Radio recorded over 20 hours of Winterberg’s orchestral music.