Wrote "The Parade of the Tin Soldiers." He achieved fame with his operettas and light classical music, but the Nazi rise ended his career.
He converted to Christianity from Judaism in 1894. His first operetta "The Courtship" premiered the same year.
His opera "Black Forest Girl" was his biggest success and premiered in Berlin in 1917.
His father Samuel was a merchant who married an American, Mary. He married Anna Gerholdt in 1921.
He and Julius Rontgen were two of Germany's most successful composers at the start of the 20th century.