Our French lineage traces back to 1727. We're leaving

In January 1992, I took my Uncle René to the Bastille. It was our last opportunity to go to the opera. René was about to join his daughter in Israel, ending three centuries of our family's existence as French Jews - Jews who were as proud of their republican heritage as they were meticulous in their…

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Norman Lebrecht is Assistant Editor of London’s Evening Standard and presenter of on BBC Radio 3. He has written ten books about music, which have been translated into 13 languages. They include the international best-sellers The Maestro Myth and When the Music Stops. His latest book is Conduct Unbecoming: The Classical Commentaries of Norman Lebrecht in Standpoint.