Jews criticize concert with Pfitzner music

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3 October 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Germany's national Jewish body has criticised the choice of music by a nationalistic, Nazi-era composer, Hans Pfitzner, for a German Unity Day concert on Wednesday in Berlin. The performance, by the German Symphony Orchestra under conductor Ingo Metzmacher in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, was a "nasty and dangerous provocation and attempt to make an irredeemable anti-Semite respectable," council deputy chairman Dieter Graumann said. The orchestra was set to perform the German

3 October 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Germany's national Jewish body has criticised the choice of music by a nationalistic, Nazi-era composer, Hans Pfitzner, for a German Unity Day concert on Wednesday in Berlin.

The performance, by the German Symphony Orchestra under conductor Ingo Metzmacher in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, was a "nasty and dangerous provocation and attempt to make an irredeemable anti-Semite respectable," council deputy chairman Dieter Graumann said.

The orchestra was set to perform the German Soul cycle of lieder by Pfitzner (1869-1949) whose music is rarely played nowadays.

The Council of German Jews leader said Metzmacher was "scandalously rehabilitating a sympathizer with Naziism and self- described anti-Semite."

Metzmacher said in March he would be concentrating this year on "Germanness in music" and would give up his long-standing refusal to play any Pfitzner work after deciding Pfitzner could not be ignored.

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), meanwhile wrote in a guest article for a German magazine that he expected relationships between Jews and Germans to become more normal, though they could never be completely normal.

In the article in the German edition of Vanity Fair, he said German politicians and citizens had "exactingly eliminated all remnants of Naziism," and added, "It's time that Jews in the rest of the world accepted this."

He called on Jews abroad to stop boycotting German products because of the Holocaust.

DPA

Subject: German news

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