The Cantor of Swabia

Feature Documentary
Runtime: 01:46:00
Director: Sabine Gölz

The film tells the story of Richard Gölz, German theologian and legendary church musician. Nicknamed “The Cantor of Swabia,” Gölz brought Reformation Music back into the Protestant Church in Germany. In 1933, he pioneered the revival of Gregorian Chant. Towards the end of WWII, he was imprisoned for hiding Jews from Nazi persecution. After the war, he found himself unable to continue working with the Protestant Church. He became a Russian Orthodox priest and emigrated to the US with a congregation of Eastern European Displaced Persons. Back in his native Germany, he was ostracized for this departure, and his legacy was allowed to slip into oblivion. Since the 1990s, efforts are being made to bring back his memory. Today, he is remembered in Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum in Washington. This film brings his story to a broader audience for the first time.

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