[PW] Was the French composer Adophe Adam Jewish?
phasco at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 20 11:24:48 PST 2021
On 20 Dec 2021 at 10:28, Marci Frederick wrote:
> A thread is going around concerning "O holy night,"
> asserts that the French composer Adolphe Adam was Jewish. I checked
> *Grove's* and a few other places but have not been able to verify this. Any
> sources pro or con about this would be appreciated.
Did you google this? (using either juif or Jewish.) Tons of hits,
and quite a few seem high on the reliability scale.
Consensus of scholars seems to be that Adam was NOT
Jewish, definitely of secular persuasion, possibly of "Jewish
ancestry" (a concept fraught with difficulty). The latter may need
a little more digging (if you are interested), but it may have
originally been just a variation on the biased charge of Adam's
personal "jewishness." (We're talking of the era of the 1848
revolutions when conservative anti-semitism was prominent, i.e.
all leftists are an evil "foreign" threat, Jews perenially topping the
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