Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

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Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 18:46

A wartime (1940) photo of the famous Austro-Hungarian composer.
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Re: Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 18:55

Lehár with one of his biggest fans - Adolf Hitler, on the occasion of the performance of "Die lustige Witwe" (The Merry Widow) in Berlin, Jan. 1939.

From https://www.bpk-bildagentur.de/
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Aufführung Die lustige Witwe 12. Januar 1939; Berlin (Charlottenburg); Deutsches Opernhaus; Gruppenbild (im Profil in Frack; rechts Unbekannter); Hitler, Adolf [Politiker 1889-1945]; Funk, Walther [Minister 1890-1960]; Lehár, Franz [Komponist 1870-1948]. Fotograf: Heinrich Hoffmann.

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Franz Lehár in der NS-Zeit, ein eigenes Kapitel: Während die Namen der jüdischen Librettisten aus den Programmheften verschwanden, hofierten ihn die Nationalsozialisten als Großmeister der Operette. Eine im Bestand des Ischler Stadtmuseums erhaltene Fotografie zeigt den Komponisten im Smalltalk mit Adolf Hitler.
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Re: Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 19:07

A funny memory that Hitler told his secretary Traudl Junge, mentioning the same operetta (from Until the Final Hour, New York, 2004, p. 81):
'When I was still going to official festival performances of opera I usually had to keep an eye on the men with me to see they didn't go to sleep. Hoffmann [he meant the press photographer Heinrich Hoffmann] once almost fell over the balustrade of the box during Tristan and Isolde, and I had to rouse Schaub and tell him to go over and shake Hoffmann awake. Brückner was sitting behind me snoring, it was terrible. But no one went to sleep during The Merry Widow because there was a ballet in it.'
By the way, Schaub, mentioned in the text, is Hitler's adjutant Julius Schaub - who is seen in the background of the last posted photo. Brückner is Wilhelm Brückner, another adjutant of Hitler's.

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Re: Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 19:27

Another photo of Hitler in cordial conversation with Lehár.

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Germany, Politics: annual conference of the 'Reichskulturkammer' and 'NS-Gemeinschaft `Kraft durch Freude (KdF)' at 'Berliner Philharmonie': Adolf Hitler in conversation with composer Franz Lehar - 27.11.1936. Published by 'Berliner Allgemeine Zeitung' 28.11.1936. Photographer: Heinrich Hoffmann.
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Re: Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 19:34

A grand (wartime) photo report on the composer.

From Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, 05.06.1941, pp. 623-624
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