Notes on Music
2:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Karajan And Interwar German Politics

Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Herbert von Karajan, one of the greatest conductors of all time, led the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty-five years, and was a dominant figure in European classical music until his death in 1989.

Not many know, however, that in 1935 he became a member of the Nazi Party. However, he did not collect his card, sign it, or pay his dues.

Still, it gives one pause to think.

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