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Benatzky is often mistakenly referred to as Jewish due to an error published in a book of Jewish musicians during World War II. Benatzky himself was not Jewish, but he was twice married to Jewish women: Josma Selim, a singer (Hedwig Josma Fischer; born 1884 in Wien; died 1929 in Berlin) and Melanie "Mela" Hoffmann, a dancer.
^Theo Stengel, Herbert Gerigk: Lexikon der Juden in der Musik. Mit einem Titelverzeichnis jüdischer Werke. Zusammmengestellt im Auftrag der Reichsleitung der NSDAP auf Grund behördlich, parteiamtlich geprüfter Unterlagen. Hahnefeld, Berlin 1940. There were entries for both women, but not one for Ralph Benatzky.
^Michael H. Kater: The Twisted Music. Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich. Oxford University Press, New York 1999.