Mendelssohn, The Nazis and Me
by Geoffrey Clarfield (May 2012)
In the 1950s and early 1960s as a student of classical singing at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto I was exposed to the full range of European Art music, from Bach to Rachmaninoff. There I learnt that Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner had all come from Germany but so did my pediatrician for that matter, a German Jewish refugee from Hamburg, more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2012 10:04 AM by NER
5 May 2012
It would be nice to learn how one may see this!
14 May 2012
In his article the author refers to Mendelssohn's "once Jewish grandmother." Is he implying that after conversion a Jew is no longer a Jew? Suppose a Navajo Indian, a member of an ethnic group which has its very own religion, leaves the reservation and is baptized as a Christian. Will the author tell me that he is no longer a Navajo Indian? What is he---Chinese? If a Jew openly declares that there is no God, is he then no longer a Jew? I think the author needs to think this through a little bretter than he has done.
27 May 2012
Whilst Sheila Hayman's documentary is very interesting and personal, a further exploration of Felix Mendelssohn and his relationship to his birth faith can be found in an excellent book by Jeffery Sposato- The Price of Assimilation. There is a discussion of Felix's attitute to Judaism as evidenced in his oratorios.
Felix's grandparents remained Jewish while his parents converted to Lutherism after Felix and his older sister Fanny were converted as children, ages 7 and 11 in 1816.