This is the second Christmas that Ludivine Barbier will endure without her husband, the conductor Rodolfo Cazares, who was kidnapped in Mexico in July 2011.

Hoelterhoff: Any news?

Barbier: It’s too early, really, but we are hopeful of an answer. Santal and I were accompanied by the well-known Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia, and we were all warmly received.

Hoelterhoff: It’s unbelievable that three countries have not been able to find out what happened to him.

Barbier: I really don’t know why we’ve received so little help. The German authorities in Mexico City and in Germany have tried to help behind the scenes, even though my husband is not German. Ultimately, it’s up to the Mexican authorities.

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