Subversity Press Release for March 16, 1999 Show Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 11:17:18 -0800 (PST)

The Comedian Harmonists: An Orange County Connection

Irvine -- Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, this evening features a look back at the German singing group, The Comedian Harmonists, which was broken up by the Nazis. Our guest is Marc Alexander, a grandson of one of the singers. Subversity airs from 5-6 p.m. Pacific Time this evening on KUCI, 88.9 FM in Orange County, and on the Internet live at for folks whose computers have sound cards.

Alexander, an attorney in private practice in Irvine, has been researching the group since he learned about his grandfather, Erich Collin, a Jewish member of the Comedian Harmonists. Collin's participation in the group, as well as for several others, abruptly ended when the Nazis broke the original group up in an anti-Semitic move.

The group, featured in an earlier documentary, is now the subject of a play, "Band in Berlin" on Broadway and also featured in a movie that opened nationwide last Friday. Local viewers can see the movie, "The Harmonists", this Sunday at UCI's Film and Video Center at 12:30 p.m. as part of the Jewish Film Festival. Alexander will also speak there.

To chat with the guest, call (949) 824-5824 during the show. Or e-mail questions to

Alexander is featured in an interview in the current edition of the Jewish Journal: Interview.

A decent Web-site for more information on the Comedian Harmonists is at Jim Lowe's Popular Culture Excavation Site: Harmony.

Alexander is a long-time friend of Subversity, having defended -- pro bono -- show host Dan Tsang against a subpoena from a lawyer representing a teenager in a civil case involving the gay bashing of Loc Minh Truong, who was almost killed. Alexander argued that state's shield law protects reporters' notes from being supbpoenaed; and the lawyer withdrew the subpoena for all of Tsang's notes and photographs. See: Subversity Fights Subpoena, Article

This show will be available on RealAudio later this week on Subversity's Web site. Recent shows are also available there: RealAudio Archive.