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Music under the swastika, the maestro and the cellist of Auschwitz, a production of 3B-Produktion ; written and directed by Christian Berger ; producers, Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer

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Music under the swastika, the maestro and the cellist of Auschwitz, a production of 3B-Produktion ; written and directed by Christian Berger ; producers, Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
Language
eng
Characteristic
videorecording
Main title
Music under the swastika
Oclc number
1375392052
Responsibility statement
a production of 3B-Produktion ; written and directed by Christian Berger ; producers, Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
Runtime
86
Sub title
the maestro and the cellist of Auschwitz
Summary
Why was classical music so important to Hitler and Goebbels? The film centers around two people who represent musical culture during the Third Reich albeit in very different ways. Wilhelm Furtwängler was a star conductor; Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, the cellist of the infamous Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz. Both shared a love for classical German music. The world-famous conductor made a pact with Hitler and his henchmen. The young woman brought to Auschwitz for being Jewish was spared death for her musical talent. German music was used to justify the powerful position the Third Reich claimed in the world, and to distract listeners from Nazi crimes. The music documentary by Christian Berger features interviews with musicians like Daniel Barenboim and Christian Thielemann; the children of Wilhelm Furtwängler; and of course 97-year-old survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. Her memories are chilling. Archive film footage, restored and colorized, brings the story to life and bears witness to an agonizing chapter in history
Technique
live action

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