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In hindsight, Concertgebouw Orchestra conductor Willem Mengelberg, heavily punished for his Nazi sympathies after WW II, turned out to be involved in saving dozens of Jews.
After World War II, conductor Willem Mengelberg, who led the Concertgebouworkest for over half a century, toppled from his pedestal due to his Nazi sympathies. He was considered a collaborator and a traitor to his country. However, this documentary shows that the conductor was actively involved in saving dozens of Jews. In the first years of the war, he wrote letters to the Nazi authorities in which he successfully pleaded not to deport his musicians. Can this insight, more than 75 years after the war, amend Mengelberg’s image?
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10 minutes