Foreign News: Disgruntled Wagnerite

In Paris last week Dr. Franz W. Beidler, a grandson of late, great Richard Wagner, said, "I left Germany because I could not change my opinions to fit with Hitler's. The Nazis realized that it would be politically unwise to take violent action against me, though my wife is Jewish. They merely abolished the position I held in Germany as an historical researcher in Music. I deny the Nazi claim that Richard Wagner was their spiritual precursor. My grandfather would never have approved the persecution of any people."


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