German flag is banned by German concert hall

German flag is banned by German concert hall


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2021

The German pop singer Heino is in conflict with the Düsseldorf Tonhalle after its director refused to advertise his concert with violinist Yuri Revich under the title ‘Heino goes Klassik – ein deutscher Liederabend.’

Heino was pictured standing in front of a German flag.

The Tonhalle’s director banned the poster as nationalistic. Düsseldorf’s mayor has now stepped in. This could be a painful election issue.



  • Rogerio says:

    The flag?
    I don’t think so.
    There is something here that we are not being told.
    I bet the problem is that Mr. Heino is well known in Germany as a blood-thirsty cannibal.
    That would explain it.

    • Tamino says:

      OMG, OMG, OMG. A bloodthirsty cannibal? well known? You mean in human flesh gourmet circles?
      Isn‘t the correct specification for someone bloodthirsty a ‚Vampire‘?
      Should Düsseldorf hang garlic cloves inside the Tonhalle?
      And is Brahms „ Ein Deutsches Requiem“ now also banned?

  • John Borstlap says:

    But it IS nationalistic. People could suspect that Mr Heino is a German.

    • Rogerio says:

      You are on to something Borstlap.
      Ever since the “Great Embarrassment” of 1325 Germans hate Germans.
      But it gets exponentially worse if you are a cannibal.

  • A.L. says:

    HEINOUS. As in degrading the classic song genre by diluting it through crossover.

  • Kicky says:

    oh armes Deutschland ……

  • Hayne says:

    Seems the US isn’t alone with silly directors.

  • Gustavo says:


  • HugoPreuss says:

    The notion that this “could be a painful election issue” had me literally laughing. I’m sorry, but your expertise in music beats your expertise in German politics by leaps and bounds. This is a non-issue. And while Heino has his followers, he has not the power to become an issue himself.

  • Karl says:

    I googled him and see that every five years there is some controversy about him when he promotes a new album. He even quotes Hitler saying he is “still as hard as steel, as tough as leather and as nimble as a greyhound”. Looks like any publicity is good publicity for him.

  • Novagerio says:

    Painful election issue indeed. Would this be the first time Germans are apologetic towards their flag and nationality right up their own alley (?!?)
    – Now, how might the election turn out?…

  • Andreas B. says:

    Well, no … sadly, this is incorrect information.
    The problem has been solved yesterday already, amicably as it seems:

    (Also, the “German flag” was never “banned” at the Tonhalle.
    The phrase ‘deutscher Liederabend’ was being argued over – Heino isn’t a ‘Lied singer’ as the term would be understood by the audience of a mainly classical venue)

    • IntBaritone says:

      But…but…but…! This is not sensational and if we know actual facts we cannot imply that people are being mean to flags! And people who like flags! Also, cancel culture! And flags!

  • Gustavo says:

    Schwarz-braun ist die Haselnuss…

    The reverse happened to Stefan Mickisch at Wahnfried.

  • May I please correct: It is not about the flag. It is about the title “ein deutscher Liederabend” which musicologically is not correct, because it doesn’t describe a content but a form which does not exist. Due to the fact the singer is not rarely mentioned in right winged contexts we tried to protect him by asking for a change of the title. He refused and went medial…

    • Gustavo says:

      What’s wrong with “Ein deutscher Liederabend”?

      It’s almost like the Straussian “Eine Alpensinfonie” or “Ein Heldenleben”.

      These titles are only suggestions – understatements – not absolut.

  • Boris says:

    The aural version of a schlager schlock cheese left in the sun…MeyerBIER BIER BIER….and Songs Mein Liebe Mutter taught me.

  • Years ago, Carnegie Hall fetted some sort of German Music Festival. The fact that the German flag was flying high above Carnegie really bothered me and a letter I wrote in this regards was published in The New York Times:

    Helen Kamioner November 4, 2007 · 1:45 am
    Flying the German flag over Carnegie Hall is an insult to humanity. 69 years ago Nazi thugs and terrorists burned Germany’s synagogues which was the beginning of the end of European Jewry. I support building bridges, but it is dangerous to forget the past. Please tell them to take down the flag. It is a painful symbol to the holocaust survivors living in New York and to me as the daughter of holocaust survivors whose relatives were murdered in Auschwitz and Chelmno, death camps created and administered by the German people.

  • Brettermeier says:

    “German pop singer”

    Well… While you may translate Schlager into pop, there’s a good chance that you cannot translate pop into Schlager. Like in this case.

    In other words: The translation is not bijective.

  • What was the German flag during ww2?

    Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, the flag was adopted as the one of the nation’s dual national flags, the other being the black-white-red horizontal tricolour of the German Empire.

    • Buddhist Swastika Man says:

      Oh come on Helene.

      Flag of the North German Confederation (1867–1871) and the German Empire (1871–1918). In use at the beginning of the Weimar Republic (1918–1919), and by the foreign services (1922–1933).
      National flag of Germany (1933–1935), co-official with the swastika flag.

      “On 15 September 1935, one year after the death of Reich President Paul von Hindenburg and Hitler’s elevation to the position of Führer, the dual flag arrangement was ended, with the exclusive use of the Nazi flag as the national flag of Germany.”

      Say it Helene: “swastika” Nazi flag.

    • Brettermeier says:

      “What was the German flag during ww2?”

      “Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, the flag was adopted as the one of the nation’s dual national flags, the other being the black-white-red horizontal tricolour of the German Empire.”

      Okay, you managed to read this far. Great! Let’s read a little bit further:

      “One year after the death of President Hindenburg in 1934, this arrangement ended. Hitler banned usage of the Bismarck-tricolour, labelling it as “reactionary”, and made his party flag the sole national flag of Germany in 1935, which it remained until the end of World War II and the fall of the Third Reich. ”

      You’re welcome!

      But you already knew this since this is where you copied the first paragraph. Troll.

      • bottom line, whether or not I am a troll or you are a bloede Kuh, for me the German flag with or without a Swastika will always be associated with crimes against humanity, and I will fight to my last breath to hinder any form of promotion. History can not be white washed by denial.

        • Brettermeier says:

          “bloede Kuh”

          Ah, we’re insulting now. As I said: Love, xoxoxo

          • IceSkaterSupreme says:

            Oh jolly good.
            You know what, Brettermeier…
            even though I don’t agree with some things that Helene is saying here; I very much respect her views and accept them as hers.

            You unfortunately cannot fit Helene’s views into your world view; thus you start to call her a troll.

            Ridiculous really. You really do still need to learn a lot about Jews.

            Oh and by the way:
            German political-correctness, self-eradicating politics and highly visible political moves to counter antisemitism; will NOT (I repeat: NOT) help you understand Jews.

            You’re wobbling along on very thin ice and look quite foolish doing so, if I may say so.

          • Thank you. YOU took the words right out of my heart, mind and mouth. Would love to meet you in person if you are ever in NY.

          • IceSkaterSupreme says:

            Thank you. But do consider, that I will probably never hinder any form of promotion of the current German flag; as you have stated you would do (and that you would even fight for!).

            To me it’s just a flag, and most certainly not the Nazi flag. (Yes, I do know how to differentiate a swastika from black-red-gold.)

            Look at Germany: it’s self-destructing already. But not just Germany. England, France etc. It’s all the same.
            And I don’t like it one bit.
            I very strongly oppose the demise of culture and identity of ethnic, autochthonous populations.

            Which means that I strongly oppose any internationalist left, if their aim is blatantly for the demise of the things I mentioned above – things that I value.

            …I not sure, if you would still like meeting me…

          • I was for 9 years the Director of North American PR for the Bayerische Staatsoper. Do you like classical music, especially opera?

          • IceSkaterSupreme says:

            Ah but do consider that when I say culture and identity of ethic, autochthonous populations; I most certainly am not speaking about crude, inflexible, stipulated, mandatory patriotism.
            No. That kind of simplistic preoccupation with outer absolutes is something I do not really like: But it is unfortunately omnipresent in the 20th century (and today); but of course with a few exceptions and they don’t necessarily have it easy…

  • Jan Kowalski says:

    Ridiculous. As if this was a N*zi flaag. XDDDD