Mendelssohn Is on the Roof is a novel by Jiří Weil written in and first translated into English by Marie Winn in The book took 15 years to write. It is an exploration of the many forms of corruption in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and embeds historical events, such as the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in. Start by marking “Mendelssohn is on the Roof” as Want to Read: by Jiří Weil, Marie Winn (Translator) On the roof of Prague's concert hall, Julius Schlesinger, aspiring SS officer, is charged with the removal of the statue of the Jew Mendelssohn--but which one is he?. Mendelssohn Is on the Roof Paperback – November 25, Julius Schlesinger, aspiring SS officer, has received orders to remove from the roof of Prague's concert hall the statue of the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn. But which of the figures adorning the roof is the Jew?.
Mendelssohn Is on the Roof [Jir Weil] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mendelssohn-is-on-the-Roof. Mendelssohn Is on the Roof By Jiri Weil Translated by Marie Winn. pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $ The enigmatic title of Jiri Weil's newly published novel refers to an incident in the first chapter. Prague is under Nazi occupation, and orders have come down from the German high command to remove a statue of. Julius Schlesinger, aspiring SS officer, has received orders to remove from the roof of Prague's concert hall the statue of the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn. But which of the figures adorning the roof is the Jew? Remembering his course on racial science, Schlesinger instructs his men to pull down the statue with the.
18 Sep Mendelssohn is on the Roof is a collection of scenes, rather than a complete narrative, which seeks to describe the brutality of the Nazi regime from the point of view of ordinary Czechs, including the Jewish inhabitants of Prague and even Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich isn't mentioned by name, though it. Municipal official and SS candidate Julius Schlesinger has been sent to remove the statue of Mendelssohn from the roof of the Prague Academy of Music, but he can't work out which of the statues that is. When top-level Nazi Reinhard Heydrich attends a performance of Don Giovanni at Prague's concert hall, he is not only disturbed by the vengeance of the Commendatore's statue in Mozart's opera, but by the sight of a statue of the composer Mendelssohn (who was born a Jew, but converted to Christianity) atop the roof of.