Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust?
Is there such a thing as Nazi Music, Third Reich Music or proto-nazi or otherwise anti-Semitic music and art?
Can Music be Evil?
Why did Adolf Hitler idolize Richard Wagner?
Was Richard Wagner, the great composer, also Richard Wagner, the proto-Nazi?
These and other issues are treated in a scholarly way in Richard and Adolf; Did Richard Wagner incite Adolf Hitler to commit the Holocaust?
The music of composer Richard Wagner is banned in Israel, as he is regarded as a precursor of the Nazi ideology. In Richard and Adolf, Nicholson explores the anti-Semitic elements of Wagner’s polemical works and his music, and the immense influence this had on the man who was to become Germany’s Fuhrer. Reference is also made to the texts of the major operas, reckoned by many to be the greatest works of art of all time.
Biographers have often avoided delving into the uglier elements of both of the subjects’ personalities. Without seeking sensationalism, this book does not shrink from exploring their seedier side, including their sexual dalliances and perversions, in its quest to understand the full range of factors that led to Hitler’s pursuit of the Holocaust.