from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Klemperer, Otto 1885-1973. German conductor noted for his interpretations of Beethoven, Mahler, and Richard Strauss.


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  • Victor Klemperer, the German writer, kept a detailed two-volume journal of his days in Berlin during World War II, and has been called "the great diarist of the Holocaust"; Werner Klemperer is the American television and movie actor who played Colonel Klink on the TV series Hogan's Heroes.

    If Memory Doesn't Serve

  • When the workers of Berlin mount a revolt in 1953, Klemperer is only peripherally involved and gives the regime the benefit of the doubt while distrusting its propagandized explanation.


  • Far from being made the object of hatred or violence by his fellow citizens, Klemperer is constantly being brought up short by astonishment at random — or even planned — acts of generosity or solidarity.


  • Most opera is too heavy for that time of day, but there are exceptions, such as Klemperer's all-star version of "The Magic Flute" Gedda, Janowitz, Berry, Popp with all the dumb dialogue taken out.

    The Pearl Fishers

  • News of Auschwitz — the death camp within the borders of the expanded German state, exchange 2258 on the German telephone system — reached the diarist Victor Klemperer in March 1942, and by that October he was describing it as “a swift-working slaughter-house”; another diarist recorded hearing an official of the SS security service on a suburban train brag about the number of victims killed at that camp every week.

    Hitler's Co-Conspirators

  • Since their formation nearly a century ago, the Philharmonic has been conducted by giants like Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, William Steinberg and Eduard van Beinum.

    Laurence Vittes: Jeremy Denk Meets Gustavo and Beethoven on the Hill at Mouse Hall

  • Until two years ago, "Bagpipe Player" was in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, Germany, but the work was revealed to have been seized by the Nazis in 1938 from the collection of Dr. Herbert von Klemperer of Berlin.

    At National Gallery, two paintings by one Dutch master add up to a sublime exhibition

  • On Sept. 19, 1941, Klemperer writes: Today, the Jew's star.

    German Views Of World War II

  • From the beginning of the Nazi reign to its end, Klemperer recorded the events of his daily life in dry, unadorned detail.

    German Views Of World War II

  • Victor Klemperer was a well-known Jewish professor of Romance literature in Dresden before the ­outbreak of war.

    German Views Of World War II


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