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Israel: Radio station apologises for playing Wagner opera

10 September 2018
Israel’s public broadcaster has apologised to listeners after playing part of an opera by anti-Semitic German composer Richard Wagner.
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Israel’s public broadcaster has apologised to listeners after playing part of an opera by anti-Semitic German composer Richard Wagner on 31 August 2018, reported AFP.

Classical music radio station Kol HaMusica (the Voice of Music) said its editor “erred” in choosing to play the final act of Wagner’s Goetterdaemmerung (Twilight of the Gods) opera, which goes against the broadcaster’s long-standing directive not to play any music by the controversial 19-century figure, who was Adolf Hitler’s favourite composer.

“This is out of an understanding of the pain such a broadcast would evoke among the Holocaust survivors in our audience,” a Kan spokeswoman said in a statement to AFP. “The (musical) editor erred in his artistic choice to play the piece, and it was a wrong public decision.”

Wagner’s music has been unofficially banned in what is now Israel since 1938. In addition to composing music, Wagner also wrote a pamphlet called Judaism in Music, in which he said that “the Jew” was “incapable of artistic expression”, according to BBC.

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