Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

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Overview

It marked an intriguing historical footnote and one that gave rise to an unusual situation. In addition to sustaining a reputation for centuries as one of Germany's most preeminent composers and a national symbol of musical brilliance to Germans, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) was ethnically Jewish, his Judaic roots long forgotten by many, including those at the head of the Nazi party. When this came to light under Hitler's regime, the Nazis were horrified and did everything in their power to stamp out performance ...
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Overview

It marked an intriguing historical footnote and one that gave rise to an unusual situation. In addition to sustaining a reputation for centuries as one of Germany's most preeminent composers and a national symbol of musical brilliance to Germans, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) was ethnically Jewish, his Judaic roots long forgotten by many, including those at the head of the Nazi party. When this came to light under Hitler's regime, the Nazis were horrified and did everything in their power to stamp out performance and publication of the composer's works. As directed by Mendelssohn's great-great-great-great niece, Sheila Hayman, this program discusses those events in great detail. It also sheds a light on another facet of the composer's world - the fact that he was a passionate, devoted Lutheran (despite his familial background). This lent an intriguing combination of Jewish and Christian roots to his music that wielded enormous influence over it, in terms of form and content.
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Special Features

Features performances by Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis, Asaf Levy and Larry Todd
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • UPC: 032031451193
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,055

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Hope Participant
Steven Isserlis Participant
Asaf Levy Participant
Larry Todd Participant
Technical Credits
Sheila Hayman Director, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me
1. Opening [1:01]
2. A Musical Treasure [3:47]
3. The Family & A Mid-Summer Night's Dream [2:59]
4. Moses Mendelssohn [5:08]
5. The Influence of Bach [3:10]
6. Saint Paul [4:06]
7. The Wedding March [9:49]
8. Songs Without Words [4:10]
9. Elijah [2:03]
10. The Critical Backlash Begins [10:43]
11. Replacing Mendelssohn's Music [4:16]
12. Revival & Rediscovery [6:38]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Holocaust Documentary well done. Felix Mendelssohn Documentary.

    Well done Holocaust Documentary that coveres a subject I have only heard a little about. Well researched and presented. It covered what happened to his music and his decendants during the 1930s and 1940s in Germany under the Nazis Government. It was great to hear the stories of the family survivors who did not go to Concentration Camps during World War II.
    This is great documentary for classical music lovers with information not dicussed often. It gives great incite into the music of Felix Mendelsssohn.It shows where he worked, etc.

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