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Nietzsche, Wagner und die Juden

Author: Rudolf Kreis
Publisher: Würzburg : Königshausen & Neumann, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : GermanView all editions and formats
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Analyzes Nietzsche's opposition to Wagner's views, particularly on Judaism. Wagner condemned the Jews as materialistic, earthbound; Nietzsche extolled their attachment to the earth and to life. Wagner accused them of poisoning Western culture; for Nietzsche they were indispensable to his Great Politics of world government. The figure of Kundry in Wagner's "Parsifal" is the Wandering Jew, doomed for mocking Jesus on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kreis, Rudolf, 1926-
Nietzsche, Wagner und die Juden.
Würzburg : Königshausen & Neumann, ©1995
(OCoLC)605370463
Named Person: Richard Wagner; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Richard Wagner; Friedrich Nietzsche; Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Nietzsche; Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner; Friedrich Nietzsche
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf Kreis
ISBN: 382601071X 9783826010712
OCLC Number: 34497104
Description: 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Rudolf Kreis.

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Analyzes Nietzsche's opposition to Wagner's views, particularly on Judaism. Wagner condemned the Jews as materialistic, earthbound; Nietzsche extolled their attachment to the earth and to life. Wagner accused them of poisoning Western culture; for Nietzsche they were indispensable to his Great Politics of world government. The figure of Kundry in Wagner's "Parsifal" is the Wandering Jew, doomed for mocking Jesus on his way to the Cross. Her poisonous embrace, the contamination with Jewish blood, produce a putrid wound in Amfortas; only the pure-blooded Parsifal can redeem him. Through him, Kundry, too, is redeemed spiritually but dies physically (just as Wagner, in "Das Judentum in der Musik", described the redemption of the Jews through extinction). Nietzsche saw Wagner as caught in Christian supersessionist dogma, which he traced back to Paul. Hitler echoed Wagnerian phrases in his diatribes against the Jews. In postwar performances of "Parsifal", the figure of Kundry is distorted so as to suppress the antisemitism of the opera. Argues that Wagner should be presented as he was, as an "educational example". In the preface (p. 9-13), Wagner's great-grandson Gottfried stresses Nietzsche's opposition to Wagner's antisemitism and warns of the dangers of Wagnerianism even today.

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