Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in Germany

Written By The Wagnerian on Thursday, 21 August 2014 | 12:49:00 am


UPDATE HERE

Bernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner's work not only should but must be banned in Germany.

Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years - Ed]. And not only was Wagner anti-Semitic but, according to Weikl, so are his dramas and operas [One hopes certain Wagner specialists - and the odd second rate Wagner conductor and opera director - are proud of themselves - Ed]. Indeed, so convinced is he of his argument that he uses Germany's criminal code - in particular articles 130. and 131 of the Criminal Code - claiming that Wagner's dramas with their "anti-Semitic content" fall under these laws.

Weikl makes his argument in his new "bestseller" "Warum Richard Wagner in Deutschland verboten werden muss" wherein he calls upon the research of a number of individuals in Wagner research and discussion to support his argument. These include: Paul Morand, Theodor W. Adorno, Hartmut Zelinsky, Thomas Mann, Marc A. Weiner, Saul Friedlander, Paul Lawrence Rose, Barry Millington, Ulrich Drüner, Annette Hein, Jens Malte Fischer and Gottfried Wagner

Of course, if anyone should be able to spot anti-Semitism it would be Weikl. After all, according to his own argument, he has been spouting anti-Semitism in public for years [inadvertently of course -  Sue, Grabbit & Runn (The Wagnerian's legal team)]. Please see the video evidence below. Or is it, as Han Sachs might say, "Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!"



 
§130 and §131 of the German criminal code
§130 and §131 of the German criminal code
§130 and §131 of the German criminal code
n accordance with §130 and §131 of the German criminal code - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/08/why-richard-wagner-should-be-banned-in-germany/#sthash.ZzQ6NwBt.dpuf

n accordance with §130 and §131 of the German criminal code - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/08/why-richard-wagner-should-be-banned-in-germany/#sthash.ZzQ6NwBt.dpuf