Forbidden Music by Mr. Michael Haas
The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis

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His chronicle is nonetheless a valuable compendium of untold stories, a corrective to standard histories of music and an essential reference point for anyone engaged in the culture and politics of the 20th century.
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With National Socialism's arrival in Germany in 1933, Jews dominated music more than virtually any other sector, making it the most important cultural front in the Nazi fight for German identity. This groundbreaking book looks at the Jewish composers and musicians banned by the Third Reich and the consequences for music throughout the rest of the twentieth century. Because Jewish musicians and composers were, by 1933, the principal conveyors of Germany’s historic traditions and the ideals of German culture, the isolation, exile and persecution of Jewish musicians by the Nazis became an act of musical self-mutilation.

Michael Haas looks at the actual contribution of Jewish composers in Germany and Austria before 1933, at their increasingly precarious position in Nazi Europe, their forced emigration before and during the war, their ambivalent relationships with their countries of refuge, such as Britain and the United States and their contributions within the radically changed post-war music environment.

 

About Mr. Michael Haas

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Michael Haas was producer of London/Decca's recording series "Entartete Musik" and is presently research director of the Jewish Music Institute for Suppressed Music, SOAS, University of London.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by Yale University Press. 371 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Norman Lebrecht on Jun 14 2013

His chronicle is nonetheless a valuable compendium of untold stories, a corrective to standard histories of music and an essential reference point for anyone engaged in the culture and politics of the 20th century.

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on Apr 27 2013

An important text whose...thorough research supplies some significant pages in the account of some of history’s darkest decades.

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