Returning to The Holocaust
By Michael Moriarty
Soon I’ll be talking about and remembering and helping to remind the world about the Holocaust.
A German film company is creating a documentary about the making of the television mini-series, Holocaust.
I’ve ordered my first copy of the Holocaust series because it was filmed 40 years ago and I must see it again before I do this!
I want to get this interview right!
Well, as right as anyone can get an interview.
My life can be divided into at least two major parts: B.H. and A.H.!
Before Holocaust and After Holocaust.
Because of Holocaust and Holocaust only, I’m now writing operas!
Before Holocaust I was more than satisfied with my jazz, the chamber music I’ve composed and also my five symphonies.
My first opera, however, is already completed.
6 more are on the way.
The 17 minute “Concert Overture” to the first opera, Richard Wagner in Hell, will soon be up this coming week on my YouTube site
The overture is basically a compilation of my first opera’s major symphonic themes.
What has Richard Wagner to do with the Holocaust?
More than everything really!!
I firmly believe that without Richard Wagner, his Ring of the Nibelung, his still vibrant opera house in Bayreuth and his now 150-year-old renown as opera’s greatest superstar? The 19th and early 20th Century German adoration for Wagner that certainly equaled the latter century’s intensity of love for Elvis Presley and the Beatles combined!
Leonard Bernstein and many other American composers have continued to conduct the music of Richard Wagner throughout their entire lives despite Wagner’s irreparable contribution to German anti-Semitism.
My firm belief?
Without Richard Wagner,
No Third Reich.
No German National Socialism.
No World War II!
And, perhaps, not even a World War I.
In my opinion, Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883) and his Ring of the Nibelung inspired, almost singlehandedly, the rabid popularity of anti-Semitism in Germany, the German super-nationalism that created World War I, which gave us France’s cold-blooded revenge on Germany, the Treaty of Versailles, which, combined with the racist insanity of both Wagner and Hitler, gave us World War II.
That is what I will try to share in this coming interview.
How successful will I be?
Only God knows… but I trust Him and the Holy Trinity not only with my life but, more importantly, with my soul.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.