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Topic - Hilde Zadek
It was 1947 in post-war Vienna, and Hilde Zadek remembers taking a deep breath behind the curtain. A rookie on her first opera gig, she was about to sing the prestigious role of Aida for an audience full of particularly harsh critics _ whistle-packing Nazis she says were determined to show "that Jew from Palestine" she was not welcome at one of the world's greatest opera houses.
"Today? I am never attacked," she says, with a laugh. "I am overwhelmed with honors."
"Forget the old Nazis," she said. "But I hope I was able at least to change the image ... for the youth."