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Subject: Verena Lafferentz-Wagner, Last grandchild of Richard Wagner

Dead at 98
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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 05:29:43pm


Richard Wagner’s last grandchild has died

By norman lebrecht
on April 23, 2019

Verena Lafferentz-Wagner, fourth and youngest child of Siegfried and Winifred Wagner, died on Good Friday at the age of 98.

Although she married a high-ranking SS officer who worked for the Race and Resettlement Agency, Verena stayed out of politics – especially those of the Wagner family. She was a regular attender at Bayreuth.

Wikipedia contains this quote:

“Many people affirm that Hitler would gladly marry the granddaughter of Richard Wagner, twenty-year-old, vivacious Verena Wagner, who is a frequent visitor and vacation guest at his mountain snuggery, were he not opposed in principle to marriages between persons of such unequal ages. She has the reputation of being his most outspoken critic, telling him in unflattering words simple truths that no Cabinet member would dare utter.”

Of course, we had no idea how accurate that analysis is. There was a certain genre of pre-war reporting in the West that sought to portray Hitler as a sensitive, adult-in-the-room kind of guy.

It might be worth noting that Verena Lafferntz-Wagner’s daughter, Amélie Lafferentz (b. 1944) is in possession of 278 letters exchanged between Adolf Hitler and her grandmother Winfred Wagner. Amélie has never allowed scholars to view these letters, which are very likely of important historical value, especially for Hitler biographers and historians of the Third Reich, to say nothing of the history of Bayreuth. Winifred’s husband, Siegfried, was secretly bisexual and showed little interest their marriage. Some believe that Winifred and Hitler were lovers. In 1933 there were even rumors of a possible marriage. None of this history will be confirmed until the 278 letters between Winifred and Hitler are released. Why is the Wagner family, or at least Amélie, keeping these letters secret?

As noted above, Amélie’s father, Bodo Lafferentz, was a high ranking SS officer who married Siegfried and Winifred’s daughter Verena (Amélie’s mother.) Bodo was on the staff of the “Race and Settlement Central Agency” whose mission was to insure the racial purity of the SS. In the town of Bayreuth he founded the “Institute for Physical Research”, an outpost of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, to develop the V-2 rocket. Bodo Lafferentz also organised the Bayreuth “War Festival.”

Amélie lives in Munich, which was the birth city of the Third Reich, and the city Hitler called his “spiritual home.” Those 278 letters that are being held secret are just part of Munich’s background world of Nazi history. The city’s underground world of Nazi sympathizers give, or at least gave, it one of the strangest atmospheres in Europe. Many are dying off, so things are probably improving. Perhaps after Amélie Lafferentz’s death the letters will be made public.

Apparently Verena was the trustee/guardian/whatever of the letters between Hitler and Winifred…

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