GERMANY: To Sing in Freedom

From its first concert in 1945, the Mozartchor, Dresden's all-girl chorus, was a success. It meant fun and extra income for 30-odd office girls and factory workers, ages 14-30, who were members. They did not realize that it would also mean politics, danger and bitter personal decisions. The trouble began when Germany's Communist youth organization tried to persuade the group to appear at party rallies, add Communist songs to its repertory of hymns, folk music and lullabies. The singers refused.

Stooges. When Communist pressure le up a little in 1947, the three men in charge of the choir—Werner Schueck, its...

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