March 3, 2005


Treason and True Patriotism: Beethoven, Bonhoeffer, and Alberto Gonzales (Bill Wylie-Kellerman, 3/02/05, SojoNet)

"We have for once learnt to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcast, the suspects, the maltreated, the power-less, the oppressed, the reviled - in short, from the perspective of those who suffer." Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Hans von Dohnanyi and friends, Christmas, 1942. Letters and Papers from Prison.

Don't think me an opera buff. The whole scenery is new to me, but a current production of Fidelio in Chicago resonates with vivid irony in history and our own political moment. Conducted by the son of a resister executed by the Nazis, and narrating the liberation of a political prisoner from the dungeons of 18th-century Spain, it lights up the morning headlines, raising questions straight from the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general. Christoph Von Dohnanyi is the maestro conducting. His father, Hans, is historically notorious for drawing Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, into political resistance and even coup conspiracy against Hitler. Both were imprisoned and martyred before the war's end.

Think Dietrich Bonhoeffer would have supported or opposed the Taliban and Saddam Hussein?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2005 12:21 PM
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