Frieda Belinfante – Musician and Resistance Agent


Frieda Belinfante (left) sits with Henriette Bosmans in their home in Amsterdam. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/Public domain

Frieda Belinfante is inspiring as a musician, breaking gender barriers in becoming a conductor. She was also a member of the Dutch resistance, who risked her life again and again during WWII in defiance of the German occupation of the Netherlands.

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Holly's Research:

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The Frieda Belinfante Collection.” https://www.ushmm.org/collections/the-museums-collections/curators-corner/the-frieda-belinfante-collection
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Interview with Frieda Belinfante.” May 31, 1994. https://collections.ushmm.org/artifact/image/h00/00/h0000032.pdf
  • Pasles, Chris. “O.C. Musical Pioneer Frieda Belinfante Dies at 90 : Obituary: She conducted the Orange County Philharmonic during 1950s. In World War II, she was in the Dutch underground.” Los Angeles Times. March 7, 1995. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1995-03-07-me-39790-story.html
  • SND Films. “But I Was a Girl, The Story of Frieda Belinfante.” 2018.

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, World War II, Jewish history, holocaust, pianists, LGBTQIA history, biographies, women, European history