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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hitler's Collection Included Tchaikovsky

BERLIN -- The strains of Tchaikovsky played by a Polish Jew may once have wafted through Adolf Hitler's headquarters, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

The weekly said the daughter of a World War II Soviet military intelligence officer showed it a collection of about 100 records her father took from the Reich chancellery in Berlin when the city fell in 1945.

Alongside predictable recordings such as the overture to "The Flying Dutchman" by Hitler favorite Richard Wagner, the collection included works by composers from Russia, whose people were regarded as subhuman by Nazi ideologues, the report said.

Among the works reportedly taken by Lev Bezymensky were an aria from Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" and an album of Pyotr Tchaikovsky works featuring star violinist Bronislaw Huberman -- a Polish Jew -- as a soloist.

"I find this grotesque," Bezymensky's daughter, Alexandra Bezymenskaya, was quoted as saying. "Millions of Slavs and Jews had to die as a result of the Nazis' racial ideology."

It was not clear exactly to whom the records belonged, whether Hitler himself actually listened to them, or exactly where in the chancellery they were found.

Bezymenskaya only stumbled on the records, which were kept in the attic of the family dacha outside Moscow, in 1991. Three years ago, the magazine added, she persuaded her father to write about the collection.

"These were recordings of classical music performed by the best orchestras of Europe and Germany with the best soloists of that time," Bezymensky wrote. "It surprised me that Russian music also was there."