Wagner's Jews


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The Museum of Tolerance invites you to

Wagner's Jews

Special Film Screening

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00pm

The German composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner’s closest associates were Jews—young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career. 
Who were they? What brought them to Wagner, and what brought him to them? These questions are at the heart of Hilan Warshaw’s new documentary Wagner's Jews, co-produced with WDR and ARTE and broadcast in Europe in 2013. Filmed on location in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, Wagner's Jews tells these remarkable stories through archival sources, visual re-enactments, interviews, and musical performances.
 Parallel to this historical narrative, the film explores the ongoing controversy over performing Wagner’s music in Israel. In a different form, the questions dividing Wagner's Jewish acquaintances still resonate today: is it possible to separate artworks from the hatreds of their creator? Can art transcend prejudice and bigotry, and the weight of history?

Recent and upcoming screening venues including Yale, Columbia, and Boston Universities, Hebrew College, London's Barbican Centre, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Jewish Museum Vienna, and DocAviv- The 16th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival. WAGNER’S JEWS will be distributed in North America by First Run Features.

Documentary, 55 minutes, 2013 Produced and directed by Hilan Warshaw

For more information on the film, please visit http://www.overtonefilms.com/wagners.html

$15 - General Admission


All attendees are required to register in advance, online or over the phone. No seats can be held without payment. 

The deadline for signing up online is 12:00pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2014. After the indicated time, please call 212 697 1180 ex.102 to reserve a seat or to be added to the waitlist, if the event is full. 

For more information contact Melissa Hooper via email or call (212) 697-1180 ext. 102


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