NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – School administrators, parents and students at LaGuardia High School are at odds over whether or not to include Nazi symbols and regalia in their production of the musical “The Sound Of Music,” in which a family flees the Third Reich.

What do you think: Better to be sensitive or censor history?


“The Sound of Music” is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, set in Austria when the country joined with Nazi-led Germany. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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  1. Sidney Falik says:

    It is long past the time for Lisa Mars to leave LaGuardia High School of Music and Art nad the Performing Arts.

    She has deliberately violated the Hecht-Calandra Act – N.Y. Educ. Law § 2590-g(12), section (c) – which requires that admission to the school be based on a competitive audition + satisfactory grades. She has made high grades the prerequisite and a satisfactory audition the criteria in violation of the law.

    Her removal of Nazi symbols from a play whose very design is to attack the Nazis is a demonstration (if one were needed) that she is unfit to serve as the Principal Teacher at a school devoted to the arts. Or, indeed, of any decent public school.

    If she fails to submit her resignation by the end of the month, I expect to ask the Board of Regents to revoke her supervisor’s license.

  2. Paul Brewer says:

    My high school did “Stalag 17” in the 60’s which briefly included a wehrmacht flag and the bad guys wore “enemy” uniforms…..should they have dressed as Leprachauns ?….No one in the audience required counseling or an ambulance. The flag does have a short symbolic purpose in the musical..albeit a sensitive issue…..Wait…I forgot…..Nazi Austria never existed…..I apologize.

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