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In March 1933, when Strauss was 68, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power. Strauss never joined the Nazi party and
studiously avoided Nazi forms of greeting. For reasons of expediency, however, he was initially drawn into cooperating with
the early Nazi regime in the hope that Hitler—an ardent Wagnerian and music lover who had admired Strauss's work since viewing
Salome in 1907—would promote German art and culture. Strauss's need to protect his Jewish daughter-in-law and Jewish grandchildren
also motivated his behavior, in addition to his determination to preserve and conduct the music of banned composers such as
Mahler and Debussy.
"Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras."
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