Magda Spiegel

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Magda Spiegel

Magda Spiegel (1887–1944) was a German contralto who was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble and was murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The baritone Richard Breitenfeld, also of the Frankfurt Opera, shared the same fate.[1][2][3]

Peter Hugh Reed wrote in American Record Guide, 1949:

I have also learned with the deepest regret about the similar death of the contralto Magda Spiegel, from Frankfurt. She made some excellent acoustic records in the early 1920s for Odeon, Vox and Homochard – I remember her as a thrilling Adriano in Wagner's Rienzi when the Frankfurt opera company visited Holland in 1934.[4]


  1. ^ Claudia Becker Magda Spiegel Studien zur Frankfurter Geschichte
  2. ^ F. C. DeCoste, Bernard Schwartz The Holocaust's ghost: writings on art, politics, law, and education p80 2000 "Others who died in Auschwitz, often via Holland and Terezin, were Alfred Kropf, a conductor from Stettin; Magda Spiegel, a Frankfurt contralto; and composer James Simon, a student of Max Bruch."
  3. ^ Dinah Shelton Encyclopedia of genocide and crimes against humanity 2 2005 "However, among them are: the baritone and cantor Erhard E. Wechselmann, murdered in Auschwitz; the contralto Magda Spiegel, murdered in Auschwitz; Richard Breitenfeld, a member of the Frankfurt opera ensemble, murdered in Theresienstadt"
  4. ^ American Record Guide, No. 16

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