Music: Flagstad Sings

Last week, like Brünnhilde suddenly emerging from Wotan's imprisoning fire, Kirsten Flagstad was reported to have appeared in Sweden. It was rumored that, with her quisling husband, she had fled from Norway without permission of the Nazis, was trying to reach the U.S.

"Highly improbable," said Norwegians in exile. If Singer Flagstad and her husband had "escaped," they sniped, it must have been with cheering crowds of Nazis wishing them Godspeed and auf Wiedersehen. Chances are, said they, that Kirsten Flagstad was simply on her way to her summer home in Kristiansand.

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