Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research


John South


College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences






This article examines the importance of classical music to the nationalism of the Third Reich, the policies and attitudes the regime adopted regarding classical music, and the subsequent effect on the lives of musicians living in the Reich. To this end, the experiences of several individual musicians are detailed, including those who were oppressed by the regime, used it to their advantage, and, in rare cases, openly opposed it. The enduring climate of anti-Semitism in both German and global society as a result of Nazi Germany's legacy is also discussed, including the unresolved issue of harassment and bigotry that musicians of Jewish heritage face in Germany's classical music scene to this day.



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