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    Brigitte Hamann
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Although Hitler, to Winifred’s bitter regret, never visited Bayreuth after 1940, opera continued to be performed there for .

Although Hitler, to Winifred’s bitter regret, never visited Bayreuth after 1940, opera continued to be performed there for audiences largely made up of nurses and wounded soldiers, for whom one can almost feel sorry as they sat baffled through the lengthy works of the Meister. And so to the Götterdämmerung that engulfed the Thousand-Year Reich. After the war, she went before a de-Nazification tribunal

In 2005, Hamann released Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth, a biography of Winifred Wagner, the British-born woman who became a founding member of the Nazi Party and a close friend of Hitler.

In 2005, Hamann released Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth, a biography of Winifred Wagner, the British-born woman who became a founding member of the Nazi Party and a close friend of Hitler. The publication earned her "Book of the Year" honors by Opernwelt (Operaworld) magazine and "Historical Book of the Year" honors from Damals history magazine. That same year she received the Presseclub Concordia "Concordia-Preis " in recognition of her work Books in German.

Winifred Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler's closest personal friends

Winifred Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler's closest personal friends. A no-nonsense Englishwoman who displaced Wagner's formidable widow to become head of the family and the Festival, Winifred fell adolescently in love with Hitler and made Bayreuth the summer gathering place for the Nazi elite from 1933 to 1939.

Winifred Wagner lived a long and complicated life. The English orphan was born in Sussex in 1890 living until 1980. Aftere 1940 Winifred never saw Hitler but remained loyal to his memory throughout her life. She was adopted by distant relatives living in Germany. She was a typical German though placed in a position of cultural/artistic power who was seduced by the odious Hitler. This is a fine book of over 500 pages which will prove to be the essential book on Winifred Wagner. She was a complex woman whose moral blindess will forever blot her memory.

Winifred Wagner book. Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler’s closest personal friends

Winifred Wagner book. Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler’s closest personal friends. A no-nonsense Englishwoman who displaced Wagner’s formidable widow to become head of the family and the Festival, Winifred fell adolescently in love with Hitler and made Bayreuth the summer gathering place for the Nazi elite from 1933 to 1939.

The long life of "Winnie," in fact, spanned much of the history of the Bayreuth Festival to date. Established in 1886, three years after the composer's death, the festival was directed until 1906 by his formidable widow Cosima, who then handed it over to their son Siegfried.

Hamann's 1996 book Hitler's Vienna: A Dictator's Apprenticeship examined how societal attitudes at the time shaped Hitler's .

Hamann's 1996 book Hitler's Vienna: A Dictator's Apprenticeship examined how societal attitudes at the time shaped Hitler's anti-Semitic views during his time in Vienna between 1908 and 1913, and the effects of his inordinate fear of both infection and women. In 2005, Hamann released Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth, a biography of Winifred Wagner, the British-born woman who became a founding member of the Nazi Party and a close friend of Hitler.

Winifred Wagner led the sort of life you only get in storybooks

Winifred Wagner led the sort of life you only get in storybooks. Born Winifred Williams in 1897 in Hastings, she was the daughter of an actress and a theatre critic who had spent his early career in the tropics as an engineer. By the time she was two, both her parents were dead.

In 2005 Hamann released Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth, a biography of. .Presentation of the Honorary Prize of the Austrian Booksellers to Brigitte Hamann in the Vienna City Hall on 22 November 2012.

In 2005 Hamann released Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth, a biography of Winifred Wagner, the British-born woman who became a founding member of the Nazi Party and a close friend of Hitler. The publication earned her "Book of the Year" honors and Opernwelt (Operaworld) magazine and "Historical Book of the Year" honors from DAMALS history magazine. That same year she received the Presseclub Concordia "Concordia-Preis" in recognition of her work.

First published in Germany as "Winifred Wagner oder Hitler's Bayreuth" by Piper Verlag . At the heart of the Reich the secret diary of Hitler's army adjutant.

First published in Germany as "Winifred Wagner oder Hitler's Bayreuth" by Piper Verlag GmbH, München, 2002. HAMANN, BRIGITTE (Author) BANCE, ALAN (Author) Granta Books (Publisher). The Fuhrer's mistree : the Braun family and Eva's deliberate campaign to win the heart of Hitler. How has war in the air changed over time? KS3-4.

Winifred Wagner's story is a remarkable one. The Welsh-born orphan became Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law, one of Adolf Hitler's closest personal friends. Brigitte Hamann presents the first major, unbiased biography of the First Lady of Hitler's Bayreuth. Born Winifred Williams in 1897, she was adopted, aged nine, by distant English relatives and in 1915 the eighteen-year-old Winifred married into the Wagner family when they needed an heir to secure the Wagner heritage and the festival site at Bayreuth. In 1923, shortly before the Munich Putsch, Hitler made a pilgrimage to Wagner's grave in Bayreuth. And so began a close, lifelong friendship between 'Winnie' and 'Wolf'. She became a founder member of the Nazi party and from 1933 the town of Bayreuth at festival time was the centre of the German political world. Described as 'the last Nazi in Germany', she remained loyal to the memory of 'Wolf' till her death in 1980. Drawing on previously untapped sources, this book presents a portrait of an extraordinary woman, as well as revealing glimpses of the 'private Hitler', offering the best insight yet into his relationship with Bayreuth and its central place in twentieth-century German history.

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Winifred Wagner lived a long and complicated life. The English orphan was born in Sussex in 1890 living until 1980. She was adopted by distant relatives living in Germany. Winifred as a child lived in music mad Germany where her guardian was known as a man who was friendly with composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) the great opera composer. Among Wagner's massive musical dramas the most famous include: The Ring Cycle, Tannhaueser, Lohengrin, The Meistersingers of Nuremburg, The Flying Dutchman and Parsifal. Wagner was a rabid anti-semite whose racial poison was passed on to his children and swallowed whole by the gullible Winifred. She and the Wanger family were early supporters of Hitler giving him money and providing a warm family atmosphere for the lonely dictator. Hamann charts the rise and fall of the Nazis to put the situation of the Wagner family in a broader social and political context.
Winifred was married off at 18 to Siegrfrid Wagner the son of Richard Wagner and his wife Cosima. Siegfried was 45 and eager for heirs to inherit the Wagner name. Siegrfrid was a mediocre composer of operas which are seldom produced in the 21st century. He and his stern willed mother Cosima both died in 1930. He was bisexual. Winfired was left with the awesome task of In a few years the couple had produced four children:
1. Wieland-The arrogant oldest son who served in a leadership capacity at a satellite concentration camp in Bayreuth. He divorced his wife for a younger woman, was rude and dismissive of his mother's wishes. He tried to distance himself from his Nazi past though he had been beloved by the Fuhrer who kept him out of harm's way during the war. Wieland was the festival director for many years until his early death. I did not find him to be a likeable person.
b. Wolfgang was also the Bayreuth Festival Director serving in this capacity for many years following the death of Wieland. He served in the German army during the war. He and his brother both divorced wives for younger women.
c. Friedelind was the family rebel. She became an American citizen and emigrated to escape Nazi Germany. She was strongly influenced by her mentor Arturo Toscanini. She wrote a non-complimentary book about the feduing and fighting money hungry Wagner clan.
d. Verena was the youngest child who was colorless. She wed an SS officer during the war and lived in Bayreuth as a widow.
Winifred Wagner had loving infatuations for the gay English novelist Hugh Walpole and Bayreuth music director Heinz Tietjen. She never remarried following the death of Siegrfried. During World War II she often intervened to save family and friends from the wrath of Nazi justice. She quarreled with such Nazi bigwigs as Himmler, Goebbels and Martin Bormann. Several times she was almost arrested. Following the war she was not imprisoned but suffered through a difficult Denazification court procedure.
Birgitte Hamann has done an impeccable job of telling the story of Winifred and her brood. Aftere 1940 Winifred never saw Hitler but remained loyal to his memory throughout her life. She was a typical German though placed in a position of cultural/artistic power who was seduced by the odious Hitler. This is a fine book of over 500 pages which will prove to be the essential book on Winifred Wagner. She was a complex woman whose moral blindess will forever blot her memory.
Burisi
Along with the recent book on Cosima, another lady of Bayreuth, this volume on Winifred is the logical sequel to the checkered history of
the Wagner family. There was one little detail that was missing. On recounting the many Jews and homosexuals that Winifred hid and saved from
her Nazi friends there is no mention of the singer Ottilie Metzger. She unfortunately did not escape the gas chamber after having sung many performances
of Wagner's music. Her bust stands today in front of the Festspielhouse. Other than that this book is a major work and I reccommend it highly.
Umsida
It would be difficult to match Klingsor Tristan's review of this book so I won't even try!
Suffice it to say that throughout her eventful life Winifred Wagner took a postive joy in confounding, confronting and exasperating those around her.
She lived by a code of absolute loyalty and stayed true to it whether it meant upsetting family members, Third reich officials, or later those she saw as rehabilitating their former Nazi selves.
Hamann's book is a masterpiece of even-handed analysis which ultimately displays a sympathy for the lead protagonist.
She never sought personal gain but always worked for the mission of keeping Wagner's legacy alive.
The Hitler she came to know and admire was the same personable aesthete who charmed all who met him outside his political role. The Fuhrer's deep love for Wagner and his generosity to the Bayreuth festival made them natural bedfellows. It was written in the stars - Winnie and Wolf.
In fact her declining influence with Hitler from the late 30's onwards was as a result of her own obstinate principled stands on behalf of the Festival. She refused to let Nazis interfere in its operation even though she needed their financial assistance.
In later years she reinvented herself as the one true unbiddable follower of Hitler when in reality she was too principled and headstrong to march to anyone else's drum.
The book is a remarkable glimpse into the Jerry Springeresque infighting that seems a part of Wagnerian family life.
It also offers another tantalising insight into the private world of Hitler.
If you're looking for a demonic portrait of the Fuhrer look elsewhere (Trevor-Roper, Kershaw).
This is a mature reasoned and refresingly unpatronising portrayal of the Reich at a time when it dazzled and blinded those who danced into its flames.
Cala
Quite simply one of the greatest historical biographies you can find, and a source of marvelous insights into the Wagner family, the Fuehrer, the great composer himself, and of course Winifred Wagner. I came away with a far deeper understanding of this woman who, unfortunately, was never able to comprehend that the charming man who brought toys for her children and made Bayreuth a national shrine was in truth a demon. And yet despite that, you cannot read this book without feeling a deep sense of sympathy and admiration for this woman, who courageously saved the lives of many Jews and Communists, whom she naively believed were being persecuted by local thugs without the knowledge of her dear friend Hitler. Naive, at times stupid perhaps, but a great woman with an amazingly big heart, a girl brought up in a cruel orphanage in England to become the dowager empress of Bayreuth - an amazing story told with grace, thoroughness and objectivity. Absolutely a must read.