third ear Recalling the life and struggle of Hans von Dohnanyi ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jennifer Taylor for The New York Times/file "My father tried to help people. . . . He just could not see people suffering because they were Jewish, or because they are against Hitler," said Christoph von Dohnanyi of his father’s resistance work during World War II. New York Review Books The conductor's father was a key member of the German resistance. Pictured, a self-portrait his father, Hans, sketched in a German prison in 1943, two years before he was executed. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe “No Ordinary Men" is a wrenching chronicle of Christoph's parents’ story, providing a rare glimpse into a seminal early chapter in the life of one of today’s most distinguished conductors. New York Review Books Hans and his wife, Christine, in 1927. Dohnanyi family Christoph being held by his father, Hans, alongside his sister, Barbara, and brother, Klaus, in 1939. Dohnanyi family “In those days,” Dohnanyi recalled, “we thought even if you are maybe inclining to be an artist or go into music, the most important thing is to build your country up again." Pictured, Christoph in Munich in 1950.