Exactly on this day in Venice – in a palace overlooking the Grand Canal – famous German composer Richard Wagner died. It is interesting that Wagner’s operas have never yet been publicly preformed in the State of Israel, precisely because of his anti-Semitism.
On this day the famous German composer Richard Wagner died. Interestingly, this happened in Venice, in the palace Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, which overlooks the Grand Canal. Wagner died of a heart attack at the age of 70. A funerary gondola covered with black cloth transported his body through the Venetian canals. The Wagner Museum can today be seen in the Venetian Ca’ Vendramin Calergi palace.
In his lifetime Wagner spoke out against the Jews and claimed that they can produce only shallow music because, apparently, they cannot connect to the German soul. Adolf Hitler was a big admirer of Wagner. It is interesting that Wagner’s operas have never yet been publicly preformed in the State of Israel, precisely because of his anti-Semitism. It is a paradox, however, that Theodor Herzl, a Jew from Budapest and the founder of Zionism, was also a big fan of Wagner’s music.