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OPERA BY THORSTEN SCHMID-KAPFENBURG
© Oliver Berg
“WE ARE ANVIL AND NOT HAMMER. IF IT IS SUFFICIENTLY TOUGH, STRONG, HARD, THEN THE ANVIL WILL LAST LONGER THAN THE HAMMER. "
Clemens August Graf von Galen (1878 - 1946) is a unique figure because he was the only Catholic dignitary who publicly opposed National Socialism. He is therefore venerated and was even beatified in 2005. However, especially in connection with the beatification, critical voices were raised, who came up with serious accusations against Galen. He was a supporter of the war, he shared the hatred of Bolshevism with the National Socialist rulers, and he did not stand up for the persecuted Jews. In the Galen case, the dichotomy between veneration and criticism is so great that it deserves a fresh, up-to-date look at the historical person.
GALEN is an opera in twenty scenes for a large ensemble and choir. It shows the internal conflict of the Münster bishop, Clemens August Graf von Galen, under the increasing pressure to which the Catholic Church was exposed during the Nazi era. This prompted Galen to "escape into the public eye" and turn against the National Socialist rulers from the pulpit in three epoch-making sermons, in particular on the occasion of the so-called "monastery tower" and the euthanasia measures. The opera does not stop at the biographical outline. By illuminating Galen's work by a person from the present, our view of a prominent protagonist of the story comes into the picture.