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Object ID

2019.2.207

Object Name

Postcard

Date

1933

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Description

Postcard with green postage in top right corner, “Postkarte” written in green print, image of building and landscape in green ink on left side.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Official postcard with indicia showing Wagner in profile. The Festival Hall at Bayreuth is pictured along with inscription “Honor your German master.” Hitler loved Wagner’s operas, especially “Die Meistersinger.” The themes of Wagner’s operas appeared, especially to the Nazis, to glorify Germany’s ancient pagan past, its Teutonic mythology and heroic gods. Wagner himself, most notably in his writing, seemed as well to be anti-Semitic, lending further comfort to Nazi ideology. Prophetically, Hitler’s last visit to the opera was to see Wagner’s Gotterdammerung.

Dimensions

4 x 6"

Keywords

Wagner, Adolf Hitler, Gotterdammerung

Subcollection

1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps

Wagner Commemorative Postcard

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