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Preserving Forbidden Music

Cover Image for Michael Haas Book "The Jewish Composers Banned By The Nazis"

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

 In the process he stumbled upon a trove of compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis. The music he discovered provided insight into the tremendous influence of Jewish composers before and during World War II. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to Michael Haas about his new book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis (Yale University Press/ 2013) that documents his journey to uncover and preserve these suppressed works.  

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.