New Bayreuth Wagner Museum Confronts Family Nazi Ties Head on

A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time.
Revamped and doubled in size at a cost of 20 million euros ($21.92 million), the museum for the first time displays Wagner's anti-Semitic screeds, which he published in his youth anonymously, then under his own name before he died in 1883.
It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler, who loved Wagner's music and regularly visited Bayreuth to hear operas in the "Festspielhaus" that Wagner designed and built in the 1870s.



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