Hitler and Hitler's obsession with Wagner began aged 12. The composer would become hugely influential on the German dictator.

• Hitler wrote in his first volume of his book Mein Kampf: "At the age of twelve, I saw ... the first opera of my life, . In one instant I was addicted. My youthful enthusiasm for the Bayreuth Master knew no bounds." • Aged 16, Hitler quit school and spent the next three years being idle. He is said to have spent a tidy proportion of his pocket money on going to the opera. He became passionate about Wagner. • Wagner's anti-Semitic and fervently nationalistic writings are thought to have had a quasi-religious effect on Hitler. His theories of racial purity were partly drawn from Wagner. According to Wagner: "The Volk has always been the essence of all the individuals who constituted a commonality. In the beginning, it was the family and the races; then the races united through linguistic equality as a nation." • On January 13, 1933 the newly-elected National Socialist Party celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of 's death by staging a grandiose memorial ceremony in Leipzig, the composer's birthplace. Adolf Hitler invited Wagner's widow, the English-born Winifred, and her son Wieland to be guests of honor at this event. • Each summer, from 1933 to 1939, Hitler attended the , and he made the Wagner estate, , his second home. • Hitler reinterpreted the story of Wagner's final opera to fit his own ideological vision. The story carries elements of Buddhist renunciation suggested by Wagner's readings of Schopenhauer. However, Hitler wrote of it: "What is celebrated is not the Christian Schopenhauerian [sic] religion of compassion, but pure and noble blood, blood whose purity the brotherhood of initiates has come together to guard. • "Wagner's line of thought is intimately familiar to me", Hitler once said. "At every stage of my life I come back to him." • The and their supporters had campaigned in the early 20th Century for a special copyright law that would restrict performances of Wagner's opera 'Parsifal' to Bayreuth. In 1923 Hitler visited Wagner's grave and reportedly promised: "If I should ever succeed in exerting any influence on Germany's destiny, I will see that Parsifal is given back to Bayreuth." He did not fulfill this. • A recent documentary, The Wagner Family, alleged that the Wagner family knowingly aligned itself with Hitler’s movement from the beginning. Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/8659814/Hitler-and-Wagner.html