Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to Probe Nazi-Era History

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The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra announced yesterday that it will conduct an investigation into its Nazi-era activities, according to Agence France-Presse.

"We've never really come to terms with the history of the Philharmonic Orchestra under National Socialism," general manager Pamela Rosenberg told AFP.

A book written by Mischa Aster — with the cooperation of the Philharmoniker administration — will be published this year about the orchestra during the period between 1933 and 1945, focusing on the relationship between Wilhelm Furtw‹ngler and the Nazi Party. Furtw‹ngler was chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1922 until 1945 and from 1952 until his death in 1954. He was cleared of accusations that he supported the National Socialists during his denazification trial.

An exhibition and a film for public television are also planned, according to AFP.

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