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The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture - 'German orchestras, the Volksgemeinschaft and the persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945' Event

Ian and Mildred Karten
17 April 2018
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture is part of the Parkes Institute annual lecture series and has been named to honour the generosity and interest shown by Ian and Mildred in the Parkes Institute.

German orchestras, the Volksgemeinschaft and the persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945

Image of concert in Hanover in 1940
Hanover Kuppelsaal 1940

This lecture examines the ways in which antisemitism manifested itself in German concert life during the Nazi era. Drawing on a wide variety of examples ranging from prestige civic institutions such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestras to small provincial theatre orchestras, it examines how the social practice of the symphony concert became inflected with the racist agendas of the National Socialist movement. It also notes, however, the presence of other social and political logics in operation in the concert hall, and argues that the underlying forms of bourgeois sociability centred on this space remained largely intact, providing a site on which forms of social distinction were maintained despite the social egalitarianism of the regime.

Speaker Information

Portrait photo of Neil Gregor, Professor of Modern European History
Professor Neil Gregor

Neil Gregor , Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton, has published widely on the economic, social and cultural history of modern Germany, including Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (1998) and Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (2009), both of which won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History, and How to Read Hitler (2014). His work has been translated into various languages. He is currently writing a book on orchestral life in Nazi Germany.

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