In Israel, it started this evening, if I understand what I heard on the radio today -- and the radio program was music by composers who either got out in time, survived or, in at least one instance, left their never-played scores with a student and were then killed one of the camps.
Yeah, that's another one to add to the "Nazis suck" scorecard. A little thing but a hologram of horror: here was this lovely music, really fine work, pouring out of my car radio and the guy who wrote it never heard it performed. If his student hadn't kept showing it around after the war, it might never have been performed. Beauty, nearly snuffed out because the political leadership disapproved of one of this composer's grandfathers.
If ever you wondered why I dislike racists and authoritarians so very much, there's part of the reason. And don't kid yourself that you're in the clear because of your ancestors; it wasn't just Jews, and the others weren't all gay or gypsies, either: the politically unpopular got one-way trips, too. Once a nation starts down that path, each step into evil is easier than the one before.
You don't have to like politics, but you've gotta keep an eye on it. No matter who you are.
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