When a nation destroys its own culture it does a lot more then destroying the cultural fabric , it also destroys the soul of the nation, especially when it comes to the musical cultural heritage. When it murders the artist who perform this cultural legacy, a part of that soul will be lost forever.
Magda Spiegel was a German contralto, who was born in Prague in the now Czech republic, she was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble and was murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
One Of her best known performances was that of Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi ,when the Frankfurt opera company visited the Netherlands in 1934, according Peter Hugh Reed in The American Record Guide .
The irony (for lack of a better word) was that Wagner was Hitler’s favourite composer.
Although Magda was killed in the gas chambers and her body was burned, her voice was preserved in several recordings.
Physically the singing was stopped but her voice remains.
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