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Anti Semitism

The Takeaway

Israel Is Your Home? Rabbi Urges European Jews To Stay Put

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has called for mass immigration from Europe to Israel after recent attacks in France and Denmark, but many want to fight anti-Semitism in their home countries.

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The Takeaway

How to Combat Anti-Semitism in Europe

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Israel expects 15,000 Jews to leave France for Israel in 2015, and Jews throughout Europe have seen an uptick in anti-Semitism. We explore how the E.U. should deal with this problem.

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Conducting Business

Behind Richard Strauss's Murky Relationship with the Nazis

Thursday, June 05, 2014

As the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss arrives, our latest podcast considers the composer's activities under the Nazi regime, and how his later works should be judged.

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Selected Shorts

Silence is Consent

Friday, May 30, 2014

This reading by David Strathairn of John Biguenet’s “I am Not a Jew” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Heroes and Villains,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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WQXR Blog

Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.
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Operavore

Boston Opera? It's Wicked Good, Says Odyssey Opera Founder

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Sunday, a new opera company will make its début in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.

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Operavore

In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Lucerne

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"It is in this idyllic Swiss city on a lake, more than anywhere I have yet been, that I have felt the presence of Richard Wagner and the sources of his inspiration," writes Fred Plotkin.

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WQXR Blog

Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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Operavore

Richard Wagner, Love Him or Hate Him?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses the question that that he is asked most often: “How/why can you like Wagner?” The answer: It's complicated.

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Operavore

Nazi-themed Tannhauser Creates Scandal in Germany

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A production of Tannhauser is causing a stir because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and members of a family having their heads shaved before being executed.

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Operavore

In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Dresden

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This Saxon city, so beautiful and so marked by centuries of tragedy and glory, was Richard Wagner’s second home. Fred Plotkin tells us why it matters today.

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WQXR Blog

Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Israel Wagner Society thought it had found a suitable venue for a Wagner this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton, but hotel officials reportedly changed their mind.

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WQXR Blog

Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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New Jersey News

NJ Prosecutor Charges Homeless 19-Year-Old With Synagogue Bombing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A New Jersey prosecutor says a homeless, 19-year-old unemployed man charged in the firebombings of two synagogues is an anti-Semite who intended to cause harm. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Tuesday that investigators believe Anthony Graziano of Lodi knew there were people inside when he threw Molotov cocktails into a Rutherford synagogue building that also houses the rabbi's family.

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Conducting Business

Wagner's Ring of Anti-Semitism: Can the Artist Be Separated From His Art?

Friday, November 04, 2011

When the Los Angeles Opera staged Wagner’s Ring cycle in 2009, there were protests. But when the Metropolitan Opera presented its Ring, there was been hardly a dissenting voice – locally that is.

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WQXR Features

Israeli Orchestra Breaks Cultural Taboo, Plays Wagner in Germany

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Israel Chamber Orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Germany.

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Features

NY Culture Vultures Applaud Dior's Move To Fire Fashion Designer John Galliano

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New York culture bloggers, writers and designers applauded Christian Dior's move to fire its long-time chief designer John Galliano on Tuesday over anti-Semitic remarks he allegedly made in a Paris bar.

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The Takeaway

Islamophobia On the Rise?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Wednesday, Michael Enright, 21, a college student who had just returned from doing volunteer work in Afghanistan, was charged with using a tool to slash the neck and face of a New York City taxi driver after the driver told Enright he was a Muslim.

Police have deemed the attack a hate crime — and the suspect is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder and assault. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has recommended that its members refrain from talking about religion with their customers, and Muslim cab drivers aren't the only ones worried that the debate over the Islamic Cultural Center, Park 51, has brought on a new wave of "Islamophobia."

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Features

Merchant of Venice: The Gloves Are Off

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After seeing The Public Theater's production of The Merchant of Venice in Central Park, critics Adam Feldman and Elisabeth Vincentelli had disparate opinions, and they're sticking to them.

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