Richard and Adolf
Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust? By Christopher Nicholson
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Richard and Adolf
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Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust?
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Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust? Is there such a thing as Nazi Music, Third Reich Music or proto-nazi or otherwise anti-Semitic music and art?
Can Music be Evil? Why did Adolf Hitler idolize Richard Wagner? Was Richard Wagner, the great composer, also Richard Wagner, the proto-Nazi?
These and other issues are treated in a sholarly way in Richard and Adolf; Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust?
The music of composer Richard Wagner is banned in Israel, as he is regarded as a precur-sor of the Nazi ideology. In Richard and Adolf, Nicholson explores the anti-Semitic elements of Wagner’s polemical works and his music, and the immense influence this had on the man who was to become Germany’s Fuhrer. Reference is also made to the texts of the major operas, reckoned by many to be the greatest works of art of all time.
Biographers have often avoided delving into the uglier elements of both of the subjects’ personalities.Without seeking sensationalism, this book does not shrink from exploring their seedier side, including their sexual dalliances and perversions, in its quest to understand the full range of factors that led to Hitler’s pursuit of the Holocaust.
about the author Christopher Nicholson has lived all his 61 years in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He practiced as a human rights lawyer, assisting victims of apartheid, before majority rule was won in 1994. His efforts were recognized with two awards and he was appointed a high court judge in 1995. He has published two books: Permanent Removal: Who Killed the Cradock Four? and Papwa Sewgolum: From Pariah to Legend. Both were nominated for the Alan Paton prize for non-fiction.
He is married with two daughters and a grandson.
Critic Reviews: Nicholson’s insight into Wagner’s music is profound. He has studied Hitler in the minutest and ugliest detail. His bibliography is vast. He writes expressively and well. Nicholson’s depiction of Wagner’s philosophy and thinking is a revelation and his assessment of Hitler exceeds that. The book reveals Hitler’s obsession with Wagner and the darkest depths of that obsession. His madness is laid bare. The identification and descriptions of his obsessions (Wagner and architecture) together with his horrific perversions (anti-Semitism and sex) both establish and explain his complex nature in a readable and understandable manner…
It is a most scholarly, lucidly written account, capturing very starkly and eruditely the awful ambiguity of Wagner - one of the greatest creative geniuses who ever lived and at the same time a thoroughly vile human being whose poisonous prejudices unquestioningly provided Hitler with a lasting source of inspiration.
The extent to which Richard Wagner or his descendants can be blamed for any of the horrors of the Third Reich is assessed and explored in great depth. … As an experienced and skilled civil judge, with a background in human rights work, he researches and identifies important evidence and makes a finding on the facts before him. It is certainly rare, if not unique, for a writer to have those qualifications. The footnotes verify every statement and the selection, captions and placement of photographs enhance the book.
‘Indeed, you may rest your case Judge Nicholson. I find for you.’
Professor Reuben Musiker Professor Emeritus of Librarianship and Bibliography University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Jewish Affairs Chanukah 2007 edition.
'It is a most scholarly, lucidly written account, capturing very starkly and eruditely the awful ambiguity of Wagner - one of the greatest creative geniuses who ever lived and at the same time a thoroughly vile human being whose poisonous prejudices unquestioningly provided Hitler with a lasting source of inspiration. I learned many interesting things - Herman Levi was evidently not as abject a self- hating Jew as I thought and it was an eye-opener to read that King Ludwig not only did not share Wagner's anti-Semitism but actually upbraided him for it. All the references to Mahler and his pathetic hero-worship of Wagner were most interesting. Wagner's story is a frightening one, and ultimately tragic - great art should be ennobling, and usually is, but that shadow of the swastika will always lie over even his greatest works. It is a very thorough and clear appraisal.” David Saks, Senior researcher at the Jewish Board of Deputies in Johannesburg Editor of the cultural journal 'Jewish Affairs'.