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Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth
Winifred Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler’s closest personal friends.A no-nonsense Englishwoman who displaced Wagner’s formidable widow to become head of the family and the Festival, Winifred fell adolescently in love with Hitler and made Bayreuth the summer gathering place ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(first published January 1st 2005)
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An interesting view of Nazi Germany, from the inside. These are very painful people, living in a museum to/ and serving the perspective of a man from another century. You can still read about the goings on within this family, to this very day. If you like the music of Wagner, you may enjoy this book, but it is more about the politics of the family, than anything else.
The author had unprecedent access to a wealth of primary sources and created a fascinating portrait of a controversial woman during Bayreuth's taboo Nazi years. Shocking revelations about Wieland, an ardent supporter of Hitler who worked in a satellite concentration camp in Bayreuth. Who knew!