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Nazis ‘aryanize’ Handel’s “judas Maccabaeus”

Handel’s famous oratorio, “Judas Maccabaeus,” has been “Aryanized” by substituting a new text with a German hero, according to the Prague Nazi newspaper Der Neue Tag. The work has received the new title “The General.”

The Nazi paper said the original text was “an oriental extravaganza” characterized by “overheated voluptuousness,” while Handel’s music “is a musical speech which rises into the pure air of Nordic-German spirituality.” “Handel’s music,” the paper said, “is now freed of a contradiction which the 18th century lack of racial insight could not grasp.”