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About the Event:
On September 5, the young Austrian historian Bernhard Achhorner will discuss in his lecture the role of music as part of the Nazi regime’s propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity. The event is part of the commemoration series of the ACF Washington to mark one of the most painful and darkest moments in our history, the so-called “Anschluss” of Austria to Nazi-Germany in 1938, and the horrific events that followed.
In 2011, a public debate questioned the cultural identity of an Austrian province, Tyrol. The Tyrolean public was deeply divided: recent academic outcomes have demonstrated that several cultural events and rituals in Tyrol/Austria, in which particularly music played an important role in their execution, were merely invented or misused by the fascist regime of Nazi Germany and thus, became an unwanted heritage. Accordingly, this lecture tries to determine the role of music as part of the regime’s propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity.