b. They must be capable of being easily learned
d. They must be boomerang-proof
In 1938, the same year that Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria, a 30-year-old conductor from Salzburg led the Berlin State Opera in a production of ’s . The show was spectacular, and the Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was hailed as a wonder. Soon after, he signed a lucrative contract with . Already a member of the Nazi party, von Karajan was on the way to becoming one of the leading musicians of the Third Reich. Like many of his fellow non-Jewish German musicians, however, von Karajan was to emerge from World War II relatively unscathed, going on to become one of the most-recorded musicians in the world. While his egotism and ambition were no secret, his political convictions were vague enough to allow the post-war musical world to look the other way.
By Professor David Welch Last updated 2011-03-30
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