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Barry Humphries on the Music Hitler Banned

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Comedian Barry Humphries examines the innovative and powerful art of the Weimar Republic after the First World War and explores why it later came under attack from Adolf Hitler.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When TV bods claim they’re “passionate” about something, their vacuity usually seeps through the screen, but this Sky series restores sincerity to the emotion. We’ve seen Julian Clary on Noël Coward, Andrew Motion on Philip Larkin, and now it’s Barry Humphries on Adolf Hitler. Well, not quite.

His grand passion is for the art and music of the Weimar Republic, which the Führer quashed when he came to power in 1933. It was deemed degenerate and subversive – right up the Strasse of Australia’s former cultural attaché Sir Les Patterson.

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