| 155 the history of antisemitism, the purpose of her book. While not a new approach to the subject, Goldstein is to be commended for having written a valuable, solid, highly readable, and powerful survey of the history of antisemitism about the changing faces of a far too "convenient hatred." Saul Lerner Purdue University Calumet a kniGht at the oPeRa: heine, heRzl, PeRetz, DeR tannhäuseR anD the leGacy of Leah Garrett. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2011. 147 pp. Garrett examines the influence of the German Tannhäuser legend on four artists: the German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine ("Der Tannhäuser," 1836), the father of modern political Zionism Theodor Herzl (Der Judenstaat, 1897), the Yiddish writer Isaac Leyb Peretz (Mesires-nefesh, 1904), and the notoriously antisemitic German composer Richard Wagner (Tannhäuser, 1845). Each artist chapter begins with biographical information before exploring the use of the legend. In her introduction, Garrett recounts Daniel Barenboim's controversial but successful performance of excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the 2001 Israeli Music Festival in Jerusalem, leading the Berlin Staatskapelle. This apparent change in attitudes towards Wagner performances in Israel (after years of an unofficial ban) sets the stage for her focus on the
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