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Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me
Felix Mendelssohn was a passionate Christian. He was also born a Jew. This film, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth, tells the extraordinary story of what happened, generations later, both to Mendelssohn's family and to his music, when the Nazis remembered the Jewish roots of Germany's most celebrated composer.
This program also examines how the influences of both Judaism and Christianity affected Mendelssohn's music and was made by documentary-maker Sheila Hayman, Mendelssohn's great-great-great-great niece.
Includes performances from Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis, Asaf Levy and Larry Todd.
“Writer-director Sheila Hayman’s articulate, radiantly
intelligent film” - FINANCIAL TIMES
“This entrancing film succeeded as a personal and justifiably proud celebration” - SCOTSMAN
“A tangled tale... presented absolutely compellingly by Sheila Hayman” - GUARDIAN
“A fascinating film that tells how, despite its best efforts, the Third Reich could not extinguish Germany’s love of Mendelssohn’s work” - OBSERVER
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 59 minutes
Format: NTSC, LPCM
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Steven Isserlis (Cello),
Daniel Hope (Violin),
Asaf Levy (Violin)
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