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Trepper Band Didn’t Make Music Jordanian Censor Discovers

June 13, 1975
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The Jordanian censor has recently revoked the ban on the “music” and “records” of “conductor” Leopold Trepper and his “orchestra,” it was disclosed here last night. The man in Amman, officially known as General Controller of Publications, apparently has just discovered that Trepper, now a citizen of Israel, is not a musician and that the “Red Orchestra” he headed was the code name for a highly successful Soviet espionage network in Nazi-occupied Western Europe during World War II.

The Jordanian ban was decreed when Trepper came to Israel last year after years of struggle for permission to emigrate from his native Poland. The Jordanian censor meanwhile banned Verdi’s opera “Nabucco” from Jordan “in any form” because the work presents an historic event “in a way that sheds a favorable light on the Jews and thus serves the Israeli campaign.”

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