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The American academic Paul Lawrence Rose, author of Wagner: Race and Revolution, is a firm believer that Jews must make sure that Wagner is never forgiven."There was a Holocaust and Wagner's self-righteous ravings, sublimated into his music, were one of the most potent elements in creating the mentality that made such an enormity thinkable," he says." But a fellow Jew, the American academic Marc Weiner, has traced anti-semitic images through the Wagner canon.

The American academic Paul Lawrence Rose, author of Wagner: Race and Revolution, is a firm believer that Jews must make sure that Wagner is never forgiven."There was a Holocaust and Wagner's self-righteous ravings, sublimated into his music, were one of the most potent elements in creating the mentality that made such an enormity thinkable," he says." But a fellow Jew, the American academic Marc Weiner, has traced anti-semitic images through the Wagner canon.

In Israel we only reject Germany where it does not matter." But those who seek to exonerate Wagner by differentiating between the composer and the pamphleteer have another problem: the argument that anti-semitism underpins not only his philosophy, but his music. "For me music, per se, cannot be anti-semitic," he says, "though its context may be - a distasteful parody or racist text for instance.

But how can a chord or sequence of chords be anti-semitic?

"I have analysed the corporeal images in his dramatic works against the background of 19th-century racist imagery.

By examining such bodily images as the elevated, nasal voice, the 'foetor judaicus' (Jewish stench), the hobbling gait, the ashen skin colour, and deviant sexuality associated with Jews in the 19th century, it's become clear to me that the images of Alberich, Mime, and Hagen [in the Ring cycle], Beckmesser [in Die Meistersinger], and Klingsor [in Parsifal], were drawn from stock anti-semitic cliches of Wagner's time." Given that Wagner blamed the Jews for the materialism and reactionary values that were inhibiting Europe's spiritual development, it was perhaps inevitable that he drew on Jewish cliches to create his villains.

"Wagner actually addresses the Jews, by saying, 'Remember that one thing alone can redeem you from the curse which weighs upon you: the redemption of Ahasverus - destruction!

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' This cannot mean that Wagner is literally calling for the destruction of the Jews, since in the same breath he is offering them redemption.Zubin Mehta, musical director of the Israeli Philharmonic, has tried on four occasions to programme Wagner but has always been dissuaded by the force of public anger.The musical director of New Israeli Opera, Asher Fisch, has made no secret of the fact that he'd like to hear Wagner performed.Why then is Wagner singled out today for such opprobrium?In Knapp's view, "The crucial difference is that Wagner was espoused by Hitler and the Nazis." Although Wagner did not advocate the Holocaust - he died before Hitler was born - there is no doubt that his music was adopted by Germany's architects of mass destruction.Yet, as Alexander Knapp, lecturer in Jewish Music at London University points out, "Wagner was not the only the only composer to show antagonism towards Jews.Chopin, Liszt and Mussorgsky are also on record as having made comments that could be regarded as anti-semitic."Indeed it was a 19th-century commonplace for left-wing revolutionaries - Marx among them - to be hostile to the Jews whom they held responsible for propping up bourgeois capitalism during the failed revolutions of 1848-50."The only way to counter this abyss of forgetfulness is through ritual or institutional forms of remembrance.The Israeli ban on Wagner is a pre-eminent rite for warding off the dissolution of one of the core experiences of Jewish history and memory." In Tel Aviv today, the New Israeli Opera still has no plans to perform Wagner, although the question is hotly debated."I think the admirers are in denial and the critics overplay the Jewish issue," he says."In the end neither position accounts fully for the obviously wide resonance Wagner's works still enjoy." He also points to the new ending that Wagner added to Das Judentum in der Musik when it was republished - this time with his own name on the title page - in 1869.

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