The Silent Years

This is a reprint of a study first published in 1997 by the British member and friend of the SWF, Roger Smithson.

In February 1945 Furtwängler fled to Switzerland, where he was allowed to stay but reduced to silence. During this period he was obliged to undergo the process of "denazification", first before an Austrian commission and then one in Berlin. He was finally exonerated, but worn down by the months of difficulties that he faced. And even after the final decision in his favour in December 1946, it would be several months more until he could put it into effect.

In this study Roger Smithson sets out the events of these two troubled years.

12 May 2018