Israel Radio breaks Wagner taboo – oops!main
The Voice of Music channel of the Kan broadcasting corporation – formerly the Israel Broadcasting Authority – entertained its listeners on Friday with selections from Meistersinger.
Before long, there were protests. Wagner, Hitler’s favourite composer, is not performed in Israel under a tacit ban that has persisted since 1939. It is not illegal to play Wagner in Israel. It’s just not done. And Meistersinger, Hitler’s favourite opera, least of all.
By Sunday, Kan was forced to apologise: ‘The editor erred in his artistic choice to play the piece, and it was a wrong public decision. ‘We apologize to our listeners.’
One of those junior editors, no doubt. An intern, maybe. Twenty years old and never heard of Hitler.
I blame the education system.