Music: Wagner's Stage

Adolf Hitler loved music—especially Wagner. In Mein Kampf, he had written: "My youthful enthusiasm for the Bayreuth master knew no bounds." The Third Reich, Hitler said, had its foundations in the German myths of Composer Richard Wagner, and the shrine at Wagner's Bayreuth was called "the Olympus of German art." In 1938 Hitler ordered that the military music of his favorite composer be used at all of Nürnberg's pagan rallies, and he sat for long hours at Berchtesgaden listening to recordings of Siegfried.

Hitler did not believe (or quite possibly had never read)...

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