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My Learning About Victor Klemperer

    "What is there that embodies the democratic, the German, the humane ideal?" Klemperer asked himself in his diary. For his own life, of course, he already
    knew the answer: it lay in the tireless curiosity, the questioning, the generous
    standards of debate of his heroes Voltaire and Montesquieu and of the other
    thinkers of the Enlightenment.

Music among the Ruins: Classical Music, Propaganda, and the American Cultural Agenda in West Berlin (1945-1949)

With Germany's unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945, the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) prepared to implement the most ambitious cultural re-education program it had ever undertaken.  

    OMGUS in 1945 began its own newspaper based in Munich, Die Neue Zeitung. It was edited by German and Jewish émigrés who fled to the United States before the war. Its mission was to destroy Nazi cultural remnants, and encourage democracy by exposing Germans to how American culture operated. There was great detail on sports, politics, business, Hollywood, and fashions, as well as international affairs.

An examination of classical music culture in West Berlin reveals how the American Military Government used classical music as a tool for re-education and re-orientation.  Between the years 1945 and 1949, the American agenda evolved from combating Nazism to containing Communism, as alterations in music control policies reflected the incipient Cold War.

Cold War a battle of propaganda and destruction of enemy culture ... the barbarians take the lead.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:02:05 AM EST
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