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Glenn Beck

The German composer who defied Adolf Hitler

In this clip from hiSTORY, Glenn Beck tells the story of famed German composer and conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, who opposed Nazi rule loudly and visibly throughout Adolf Hitler's reign. Though the SS and Hitler's ministers were greatly annoyed by Furtwängler's criticisms, the Nazi government felt unable to retaliate because of his widespread popularity.

"When they annexed Austria, he was asked to go and play." Glenn explains. "And he did, but only to save the music and the  orchestra....When he was playing there, they had the Nazi flag up on the stage. And before the concert, he said, 'I will not play as long as that rag is here in my concert hall.'"

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