32O NARROW-MINDED CLERGY GERMAN THEATRES seven in the confessional, it's they themselves who incite it to sin, by opening its eyes to sin. And it's the same thing when they turn on the natives. In 1911, in the clerical citadel of Breslau, a Bavarian was condemned to a fortnight's imprisonment for going out in the city in leather shorts. At the time, this attire created scandal. Nowadays everybody goes to the mixed baths without its arousing the slightest arrière-pensée in anyone. In Rome there are priests who spend their time in measuring the length of women's sleeves and skirts and in checking whether these women have head-dresses. If God cared about such trifles, he'd have created man already dressed! The idea of nakedness torments only the priests, for the education they undergo makes them perverts. If there hadn't been the danger of the Red peril's overwhelming Europe, I'd not have intervened in the revolution in Spain. The clergy would have been exterminated. If these people regained power in Germany, Europe would founder again in the darkness of the Middle Ages. There are not enough theatres in Germany. A lot of them were built in the 'seventies, it's true, but the number is no longer related to the importance of our population. A hundred years ago Munich had three thousand five hundred seats for a population of fifty thousand inhabitants. The Residenztheater, the National and the Volkstheater at the gate on the Isar, were already in existence. To-day, for a population of nearly nine hundred thousand inhabitants, Munich has seats for only five thousand spectators. So my plans for Linz are not exaggerated. Berlin has three operas, but should have four or five for its four million inhabitants. Dresden, with its six hundred thousand inhabitants, supports a very fine opera. There's a lot of marvellous comedy acting in Berlin. In the first place, at the Deutsche Theater. The first show I went to after the first World War was Peer Gynt, which I saw with Dietrich Eckart, at the Staatliche Schauspielhaus. In Berlin the
NON-POLITICAL MUSIC—MUSEUMS 32! play was always given in Eckart's translation. At Munich, on the other hand, it was in a Jewish translation. I can't give an opinion on the value of the theatre at Munich, for I'm prejudiced on the subject. Whenever I go there, I have a feeling of apprehension. It's possible that I may be unjust. In fact, I'm told on all sides that I should go once to the Staatliche Schauspielhaus, which, it appears, has considerably improved under Golling's direction. I'll decide, perhaps, when peace is back again. I've just been reading that the Kammerspiele have had a brilliant success with Othello. What sort of concert-hall should Berlin have, if one remembers that Leipzig, with its six hundred thousand inhabitants, possesses the Gewandhaus*. One realises that a small city can have an intense cultural life if somebody concerns himself intelligently with the matter. Only quite exceptional pieces are reserved solely for the capital. I could live very well in a city like Weimar or Bayreuth. A big city is very ungrateful. Its inhabitants are like children. They hurl themselves frantically upon everything new, and they lose interest in things with the same facility. A man who wants to make a real career as a singer certainly gets more satisfaction in the provinces. It's a pity that we haven't a Gauleiter in Dresden who loves the arts. After Krauss and Furtwängler, Busch would have become the greatest German conductor, but Mutschmann wanted to force on him old Party comrades for his orchestra, so that this orchestra should be inspired by a good National- Socialist spirit! I mustn't forget to set up a museum of German masters at Trondhjem. Museums like those of Dresden, Munich, Vienna or Berlin ought to have at least two millions a year to make new purchases. Wilhelm Bode managed things in his own way. He had an extraordinary gift for making use of rich people. He got huge subsidies from them, and in exchange persuaded the Kaiser to ennoble them. That's another sphere in which I intend to introduce some order. It's essential that the director of a museum should be able, without administrative juggleries, M
Vaishali Shah has visited many places to promote our Indian cultures. On the holy Makar Sankranti day this year the traveler Vaishali Shah was fortunate to be at the haveli of Mahaprabhuji. The journey to Champaranya was so refreshing and beautiful.