Music: Nazi System

Because music is so important to Lieder-loving Germans, music is also important to the German Government. For generations opera houses and music schools have been supported by the state. When, in 1933, the Nazis came into power, one of their first concerns was the organization, with characteristic German thoroughness, of Germany's musical life along strictly Nazi lines. Dominant in the official Nazi attitude toward music were: 1) the Nazi theories of race, 2) Nazi objections to all satirical, "unwholesome" or experimental types of art. Public performance of works by Jewish composers like Mendelssohn...

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