Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Genre
Documentary
Director
Sheila Hayman
Movie year
2009
Duration
60 min

Sheila Hayman, the great-great-great-great niece of composer Felix Mendelssohn, has made this personal documentary exploring her renowned ancestor’s religious identity. Mendelssohn’s parents converted to Christianity, and his assimilation is reflected in his music compositions from Elijah to “The Wedding March” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His music became an inseparable part of German and European culture. But during WWII, the composer’s musical and family legacy became threatened, as the Nazis remembered Mendelssohn’s Jewish roots. Hayman tells her fascinating family history, beginning with famed 18th-century Jewish philosopher—and grandfather to Felix—Moses Mendelssohn, referred to as the German Socrates. Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me is also a must for music lovers as the composer’s music lends this film a most beautiful backdrop.

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