Opera about Nazi atrocity shown in Austria

January 25, 2013 • Entertainment

TO GO WITH HOLOCAUST OPERA STORY BY GEORGE JAHN – Katerina Beranova and Silke Doerner, from left, perform during the holocaust opera ‘Spiegelgrund ‘ by Austrian composer Peter Androsch in the imperial council hall of the Austrian parliament in Vienna, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Androsch goes where few others have dared, with an opera depicting how Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children. The performance premieres to mark International Holocaust Day in the parliament of Austria, a nation still atoning for its role in atrocities committed by the Nazis. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of children were murdered by the Nazis because they fell short of the Aryan ideal. On Friday, a hushed audience gathered in Austria’s Parliament to watch the world premiere of an opera depicting how the Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children at a Vienna hospital during World War II.

The killings were part of a greater campaign that led to the deaths of about 75,000 people — homosexuals, the handicapped, or others the Nazis called “unworthy lives” — and served Login to read more

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