Music in the Holocaust: confronting life in the Nazi ghettos and camps


Gilbert, Shirli (2005) Music in the Holocaust: confronting life in the Nazi ghettos and camps, Oxford, UK; New York, USA, Oxford University Press, 256pp. (Oxford Historical Monographs).

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Reveals the role of music in Nazi concentration camps

Examines orchestras, choirs, communal sing-songs, and cabarets, amongst others

Shows how music contributes to our broader understanding of the Holocaust and the experiences of its victims

In Music in the Holocaust Shirli Gilbert provides the first large-scale, critical account of the role of music amongst communities imprisoned under Nazism. She documents a wide scope of musical activities, ranging from orchestras and chamber groups to choirs, theatres, communal sing-songs, and cabarets, in some of the most important internment centres in Nazi-occupied Europe, including Auschwitz and the Warsaw and Vilna ghettos. Gilbert is also concerned with exploring the ways in which music - particularly the many songs that were preserved - contribute to our broader understanding of the Holocaust and the experiences of its victims. Music in the Holocaust is, at its core, a social history, taking as its focus the lives of individuals and communities imprisoned under Nazism. Music opens a unique window on to the internal world of those communities, offering insight into how they understood, interpreted, and responded to their experiences at the time.

Contents

Introduction: Redeeming Music--'Spiritual Resistance' and Beyond

1. 'Have compassion, Jewish hearts': Music in the Warsaw Ghetto

2. Vilna: Politicians and Partisans

3. Songs Confront the Past: Life in the Sachsenhausen

4. Fragments of Humanity: Music in Auschwitz

Epilogue

Appendix: Repertoire Listings

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9780199277971 (hardback)
0199211183 (paperback)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Jewish History and Culture
ePrint ID: 47555
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47555

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