Originally Posted by Arethusa
I was in a hurry when I wrote that. I may have come across more bellicose than I intended. The subject is one that annoys me a lot, because our society obsesses over words. Huck Finn widely believed to be a racist novel because it features a black character who is called a nigger pretty much the whole way through. That his portrayal of the 19th century American South is historically accurate and unrelentingly vicious in its ironic attack on Southern racism is lost on people who see only the word. The same thing has happened on this forum a couple of times (I Heart Fags got a similar resonse). I'm dragging this off topic, so I'll leave it there. I realize your point is separate. For what it's worth, I think the issue is far more complex than that. Wagner was undoubtedly antisemitic and undoubtedly active, but he was not a Nazi, and I am not convinced his antisemitism would extend quite so far as to not be at all bothered by Auschwitz. That is of course conjecture, but so is believing he had (or, more accurately, would have had) any fondness for or connection to the Nazi party. He didn't, and it is only fair to view his racism in the context of his time. This in no way excuses it, but it was hardly uncommon, and I do not believe it invalidates his great accomplishments as a composer.