Wilhelm Furtwängler was the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during World War II.
His legacy is complicated. By virtue of his podium, he was by far the most prestigious musician to remain in Germany -- and the Third Reich used that prestige as its own. But Furtwangler was no Nazi. Indeed, parts of his story read like a chapter in Schindler's List.
Was he "Hitler's Conductor" or was he a subtle saboteur who made sure things went wrong when they needed to go wrong?
We'll look at his politics and his Beethoven -- both -- this Thursday night.