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posted: 11/11/2012 8:27 AM

Holocaust opera to premiere in Austrian parliament

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VIENNA -- An opera focusing on Nazi atrocities against children will premiere next year at an unusual venue -- Austria's parliament.

An official involved in the staging says the opera will be performed for the first time at the parliament on Jan. 25, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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"Spiegelground. Dead Children Like Scattered Dolls," deals with the killings of hundreds of children considered genetically, intellectually or physically inferior by the Nazis by medical personnel of a Vienna psychiatric ward. It is composed by Peter Androsch.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because she was not authorized to discuss the project ahead of a formal announcement.

Many Austrians were fervent Nazis but the country has made significant progress in dealing with its role in crimes committed under Hitler.

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