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The World's Greatest Music
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, discover the extraordinary conductor who escaped Communist Czechoslovakia to direct the world's greatest orchestras.
Kubelík went into hiding after making a number of anti-Nazi stands, including declining to use a Hitler salute and refusing to conduct to Wagner. He spent a few months hiding in the countryside so as not to be arrested. In 1943 he married the Czech violinist Ludmilla Bertlová, with whom he had one son. She died in a road accident in 1961. Photo: Getty
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