Was he the Oskar Schindler of classical music?main
The conductor Hans Swarowsky enjoyed the confidence of the music-loving Nazi governor of Poland, Hans Frank, a man responsible for millions of murders.
After the War, Swarowski became the go-to conducting teacher in Vienna, with Abbado and Mehta among his pupils.
Now reports are emerging that he saved lives in Krakow by hiding Jews in his chorus and orchestra, regardless of whether they could sing or play. Report here.