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Bruno Walter Will Be Asked to Conduct Salzburg Festival This Summer

Bruno Walter, famed Jewish conductor, who went to the United States after the advent of Hitler, will be asked to conduct the annual Salzburg Festival this summer, if permission of American military authorities can be obtained.

Baron Heinrich Puthone, director of the festival since 1923, told a JTA correspondent today that "we have asked the military authorities to allow us to extend an invitation to Walter, and we strongly hope that he can come. He conducted here every summer from 1925 to 1938, when the Nazis forbade him to perform because he is a Jew.

"As the man who best knew the soul of the Salzburg Festivals and as a Jew," Baron Puthone continued, "his return would represent a great triumph both for us and all of Europe. It would illustrate the triumph of the free, democratic spirit over Hitler."