by Ronald Harwood
Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954) was one of the great conductors of this century. It was his misfortune to have been at the height of his career when the National Socialists came to power.
While many of his fellow artists were either forced to leave Germany or emigrated as an act of protest.
After the war he was accused of having served the Nazi regime. Contained in the volume Collaboration and Taking Sides.
Taking sides takes place in the American Zone of occupied Berlin, in 1946. It is here the American portion of the De-Nazification Tribunal has convened to take over the questioning of Wilhelm Furtwängler, one of the outstanding conductors of his time.
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