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Ratings Ueber Alles?

October 06, 1985

Here is an answer to your question "Who would decide?" the ratings on records in the "Ratings Aren't Lyrical" editorial (Sept. 25):

1--Musical works which contradict the National-Socialist will to culture will be announced by the Office of Reichsmusic in a list of undesirable and harmful music.

2--The decision to incorporate works in the list is made by the Reichsmusic Test Department after listening by the President of the Reichsmusic Office.

3--The publishing, marketing, and performance of the works in the list is verboten in the German Reich Territory.

This decree of 1939 extended the same decree of Nov. 1, 1933, by the Office of Reichsculture to the "annexed" territory of Austria by order of Joseph Goebbels, the Minister for People's Enlightenment and Propaganda.

G. BORDING MATHIEU

Laguna Beach

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