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  •  Antisemitism grew as a political movement long (0+ / 0-)

    after Judaism in Music was written, especially in France culminating in the Dreyfus trial. It wasn't endorsed in Germany at all. I think Bismarck referred to the Jews as
    the champaign of Germany. Wagner was extremely overbearing and egotistical, for example he stole his second wife from his conductor and supporter von Bulow and republished just about everything he ever did. He told Schumann how to write his operas and I think he had Brahms copy out Rheingold as a favor. Bruckner always addressed him as the Master.
    What I am saying is that Wagner's anti-semitism was
    not much more than garden variety prejudice and a reflection of his personality, not the paranoia of the true anti-semite. I don't think bigotry alone leads to such a mass psychosis but conspiracy theories, pseudoscience,
    and fanaticism do (of which there is an abundance these days).  

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