Walkout over Holocaust film music

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 3, 2013
Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List

Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List

A British conductor has dismissed as “unbelievable” a complaint that he had perpetuated Israeli and Holocaust “propaganda” by introducing music from Schindler’s List.

Anthony Inglis, music director for the National Symphony Orchestra, said an audience member had complained that he had mentioned the existence of Nazi extermination camps before leading a performance of music from Hollywood films at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall last Friday night (December 28).

During a short introductory speech before music was played from Steven Spielberg’s renowned Holocaust film Schindler’s List, Mr Inglis said he had noticed a man in his 40s storm out of the auditorium.

It was later reported to him that the man had complained to the music venue’s staff about the conductor’s introduction, reportedly stating that the Holocaust had not happened.

Mr Inglis later tweeted: “Talking about Schindler’s List, a member of the audience said it was disgraceful I mentioned the camps when the Holocaust did not happen and I was spouting Israeli propaganda! Unbelievable.”

The Bridgewater Hall told the Manchester Evening News it was “investigating” the complaint.

Mr Inglis told the JC: “I am not entirely sure what was actually said — except that what was reported to me was distasteful. Suffice to say, it did not stop me from saying anything different on subsequent evenings when the concert was repeated in different venues.”

Last updated: 6:45pm, January 3 2013