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Oscar Straus, Noted Composer, Dead; Fled Nazis in Vienna, Paris

January 13, 1954
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Oscar Straus, noted waltz composer who wrote the world famed operetta “The Chocolate Soldier,” died at Bad Ischl yesterday at the age of 83.

The Jewish composer, who fled the Nazis in Vienna in 1938 when they took over Austria and later left Paris for the United States when France fail, was a serious student of classical music before turning to writing and conducting lighter music. In the United States, which he left for Bad Ischl after the war, he wrote music for Hollywood films.

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