Nazi barbarism was clearly the main source of inspiration, but Chagall was also drawing on his experience of anti-Jewish pogroms during his youth in Russia. France under Vichy rule was a dangerous place for Jews to live, so Chagall and Bella (now his wife) accepted an invitation of sanctuary in the United States.
What Marc Chagall inspired Fiddler on the Roof?
The Green Violinist
This painting, the inspiration for the title of the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is also the inspiration for the “Dream Scene” in our production.