First concert in Cracow: March 9, 1944

After Richard Strauss refused the offer to become Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie des Generalgovernements, he and Clemens Krauss suggested Swarowsky...




for the post as the Generalgovernement was legally not part of the 3rd. This and Dr Francks attitude of taking liberties made an employment of Swarowsky possible. Later that year Julia Laszkys grandparents are deported to concentration camp near Cracow - Swarowsky knows about that and supports them as long as possible. This and also Dr Kranz's Polish family roots contribute strongly to Swarowskys decision to take on the position with the orchestra: