He set his beloved cello down and refused to play for years as a statement of conscience regarding the hold of Fascism in his homeland (Catalan). It was his self-sacrifice and the absence of his beautiful music that galvanized opposition to political oppression, a pattern adopted over the years by groups and individuals around the world, from South Africa to Tibet to Mississippi.
During the thirties and into the fifties Casals was the most prominent voice against the Fascist Spanish government's reign,
During the fascist regime in Spain the exiled cellist Pablo Casals was one of the most prominent exiled opponents of the regime. He should be on that list.
Gerald A Pollack
World's greatest cellist; and great humanist, crusader for world peace.