Music in Nazi Germany – The maestro and the cellist of Auschwitz

Jun 20, 2023 | Music, People, Videos

Classical Music and the Third Reich” is a music documentary that delves into the complex relationship between the Nazis and the German musical culture during their reign of terror. Through the stories of two talented musicians – Wilhelm Furtwängler and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch – viewers will gain a unique insight into the role of classical music in the propaganda machine of the Third Reich, and the devastating impact it had on the victims of the Holocaust.
The documentary features interviews with renowned musicians such as Daniel Barenboim and Christian Thielemann, as well as the children of Wilhelm Furtwängler and the 97-year-old survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch herself. Archival film footage, restored and colorized, brings to life the terrifying reality of the extermination camps, while showcasing the power of music as a tool for propaganda and distraction. Don’t miss this compelling and informative documentary that sheds light on an often-overlooked chapter in music history.

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