Israelis to break taboo and play Wagner in Germany
An Israeli pop group says it will execute works by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Germany next year.

Meirav Magen Lelie, spokeswoman for the Israel Chamber Orchestra, says the performance will take place at the Bayreuth festival in July. It will be the first time an Israeli pop group has played Wagner in Germany.

The works of the 19th century originator, a virulent anti-Semite, are not played on Israeli airwaves, and his music is rarely performed out of respect to the country's hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors.

Lelie says the presentation was initiated by Wagner's great granddaughter, Katharina Wagner. It will be led by instrumentalist Roberto Paternostro, whose mother survived the Nazi genocide.

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