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Some Thoughts on Art and Humanity and Hitler

February 10, 2016 Thoughts  One comment

I recently read The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall. 

In Chapter Seven: Ink People Change the World, he writes about how a pivotal moment -- in fact, maybe, the pivotal moment -- in Hitler's life was when, at sixteen years old, he saw a performance of Richard Wagner's opera Rienzi, with his friend August Kubizek. 

Rienzi is "the story of Cola Rienzi, the heroic Roman tribune of the people, unfolded in blasts of song."

That night, Hitler believed his destiny had been revealed to him. To be a great leader who led his people "out of servitude and to the heights of freedom." (Kubizek, August. The Young Hitler I Knew)

Over the course of his life, he saw parts of Wagner's Ring Cycle over one hundred times. 

Hitler loved art.

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