Bayreuth scrubs out two antisemitesNews
The town of Bayreuth this week finally renamed two streets that formerly bore the names of prominent Hitler propagandists.
Twenty-one councillors voted to remove Hans Meiser, a furiously antisemitic Lutheran bishop, renaming his street Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Straße after the anti-Nazi theologian.
And the council voted unanimously to erase Hans-von-Wolzogen-Straße, named after Wagner’s close friend, a notorious racist. It will now be known as Friedelind-Wagner-Straße after the composer’s granddaughter who fled Hitler’s Germany.
Update your address books accordingly.
A meaningful gesture. Thank you.
I always found it strange that von Wolzogen had dodged the bullet, so to speak.
a gesture, and totally meaningless. everyone knows the sentiments that Bayreuth is built on, this merely adds a veneer to it
Frank: Bayreuth was built in the 12th century, not in the 1920s.
In principle I find it a right action, but I wonder how long can they keep the festival for the infamous racist and antisemite Richard Wagner?
Good sentiments. Now what about the vicious anti-semitic Wagner himself?
That was what I was thinking. It looks as cautious steps towards that one, terrible, increasingly necessary decision, that nobody dares to take – cancelling Wagner at his own theatre.
Only if you are one of today’s snowflakes, having grown up with the belief, that generally complex and painful sentiments are to be countered with declaring them illegal. A mental trick copied from that big bird, an ostrich, who stick their head into the sand when danger approaches, thus making the danger disappear. Clever!
I know, irony is difficult.
Gosh, it only took 77 years!
It will make for an awkward town council meeting when some finds out Richard W. was an anti-semite.
it will be a scene worthy of Monty Python.
Now imagine the scene in the US Senate, when the US of A has to be cancelled, because they found out that their country was created based on slavery and illegal land grabs.
Imagine the unpleasantly-surprised faces all around – ‘How was that possible? with such a beautiful constitution? What did we miss?’
It was highly apropos of them to replace an antisemitic Lutheran with a heroic Lutheran willing to sacrifice himself rather than betray his humane ethos. Bonhoeffer was hanged in the Flossenburg concentration camp, less than a month before the end of the war in Europe. His fellow anti-Nazi activist, the jurist Hans von Dohnanyi (Ernst’s eldest son and Christoph’s father) was killed the same day in Sachsenhausen.
Uh huh. So this means Hitler didn’t happen then?
I would suggest naming a street after Max Lorenz – the heldentenor who succeeded in spite of being openly bisexual married to an openly Jewish woman.
Antisemitism, in all its dark forms, and every form of racism and prejudice should be banned from human society.
Bayreuth should launch of a series of conferences and exhibitions to investigate Wagner’s antisemitism, and put the spotlight on its connection to the composer’s music.
There’s quite a difference between RW’s antisemitism and the variety that followed.
RW’s antisemitism was a cultural critique, clothed in racist terms. It was a protest against the 19C development of the materialist world view. His critique was well-founded but his explanation obviously idiotic.
RW’s antisemitism has been the subject of numerous conferences, books, discussions, quarrels, research projects, since WW II.