By Ilana Sichel for Jewniverse
Haaretz writer Vivian Eden just unearthed an amazing historical factoid: the Bataclan, the stately Paris theater that is now synonymous with bloodshed and horror, takes its name from an operetta written and composed by two 19th-century Jews.
Composer Jacques Offenbach was born to a German cantor, and came to Paris to study music. The libretto he set to music, “Ba-Ta-Clan,” was written by Ludovic Halévy, the son of a Parisian Jew who converted to Christianity for marriage. (Though with a name like Halévy we can’t imagine he made a very convincing Christian.)
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