Shalom Life | January 27, 2015

The Opera Singer With the Nazi Tattoo

Russian singer, Evgeny Nikitin, has dropped out of Wagner festival after organizers discovered Nazi tattoos.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 23rd, 2012 in Culture » Music » News

The Opera Singer With the Nazi Tattoo

Russian opera singer, Evgeny Nikitin, has pulled out of the Bayreuth Festival in Germany after organizers discovered the performer had a Nazi tattoo.

Nikitin got the Swastika tattoo, which has now been covered over, while he was in a heavy metal band as a young man. Although he claims “it was a big mistake in my life and I wish I had never done it”, Anti-Semitism is a very sensitive topic with the Bayreuth Festival so the situation could not be overlooked.

The Bayreuth Festival is dedicated to Richard Wagner, one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite composers. Wagner is “an artist long associated with anti-Semitism” and the racist-nationalist volkisch which “Nazi’s drew much of their ideology”, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia.

Nikitin insists audiences would not be able to see his tattoo during his previously scheduled performance of ‘The Flying Dutchman’, but videos of the singer are still available online with him displaying the tattoo.

"That is a problem in Bayreuth," said Bayreuth Festival spokesperson Gunther Philipowski

"Bayreuth has a bad history with the Nazis. It's clear that Bayreuth has to be careful about this terrible part of history and has to take a position against it."

Nikitin canceled his appearance in the festival after discussions with Bayreuth management, said Philipowski.

Bob Dylan Gifts 50,000 CD’s to Senior Citizens Bob Dylan Gifts 50,000 CD’s to Senior Citizens TrendingEmile Hirsch Being Investigated For Assault Against Female Film Exec Emile Hirsch Being Investigated For Assault Against Female Film Exec TrendingAdam Levine to Perform at Academy Awards Adam Levine to Perform at Academy Awards Trending
 

@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

January 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

Kate Siegel posts all the cooky and overprotective advice her mother gives her to the enjoyment of her 160k followers

Read More

Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

January 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

"He was one of those rare leaders who dedicated much of his time, business acumen and personal wealth toward a wide range of philanthropic endeavours"

Read More

During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

January 27, 2015 | By Ahiya Raved
During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

"It is the last time that we will be able to tell our story and pass it on to future generations, because there are not many people left to tell it"

Read More

Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

January 27, 2015 | By ShalomLife Team
Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

"We need to be preserving places like Auschwitz so people can see for themselves how evil ideologies can become tangible acts of murder"

Read More

Iranian News Agency Reports that Netanyahu’s Sons Are Assasination Targets

January 27, 2015 | By JNS.org
Iranian News Agency Reports that Netanyahu’s Sons Are Assasination Targets

Mashregh printed a photo of Yair and Avner Netanyahu with sniper's scopes superimposed on their faces

Read More

Survey: 84% of Palestinians Think Israel May Be Behind Paris Attacks

January 27, 2015 | By JNS.org
Survey: 84% of Palestinians Think Israel May Be Behind Paris Attacks

6,900 Palestinians were interviewed for the survey

Read More

BBC Asks if It's Time to 'Stop Talking about the Holocaust'

January 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
BBC Asks if It's Time to 'Stop Talking about the Holocaust'

The religious discussion show The Big Questions posed a question on their Twitter page as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Read More

BuzzFeed Presents Americans Eating Israeli Snacks [VIDEO]

January 26, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
BuzzFeed Presents Americans Eating Israeli Snacks [VIDEO]

Americans nosh on awesome Israeli-made snacks, from Bamba to Milky

Read More

More Headlines