Music in the Holocaust

Music in the Holocaust
Author: Shirli Gilbert
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2005-03-17
ISBN 10: 0199277974
ISBN 13: 9780199277971
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music in the Holocaust Book Review:

Shirli Gilbert has produced the first large-scale, critical account of the role of music amongst communities imprisoned under Nazism. She documents a wide scope of musical activities in Nazi internment centres, and 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.

The Sound of Hope

The Sound of Hope
Author: Kellie D. Brown
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2020-06-11
ISBN 10: 1476670560
ISBN 13: 9781476670560
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sound of Hope Book Review:

Since ancient times, music has demonstrated the incomparable ability to touch and resonate with the human spirit as a tool for communication, emotional expression, and as a medium of cultural identity. During World War II, Nazi leadership recognized the power of music and chose to harness it with malevolence, using its power to push their own agenda and systematically stripping it away from the Jewish people and other populations they sought to disempower. But music also emerged as a counterpoint to this hate, withstanding Nazi attempts to exploit or silence it. Artistic expression triumphed under oppressive regimes elsewhere as well, including the horrific siege of Leningrad and in Japanese internment camps in the Pacific. The oppressed stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. This volume draws together the musical connections and individual stories from this tragic time through scholarly literature, diaries, letters, memoirs, compositions, and art pieces. Collectively, they bear witness to the power of music and offer a reminder to humanity of the imperative each faces to not only remember, but to prevent another such cataclysm.

Voices of a People

Voices of a People
Author: Ruth Rubin
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 558
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780252069185
ISBN 13: 0252069188
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Voices of a People Book Review:

"A collection of song texts in Yiddish and English, as well as a selection of tunes Rubin transcribed, this volume brings the Jews' ancient, itinerant culture alive through children's songs, dancing songs, and songs about love and courtship, poverty and work, crime and corruption, immigration and the dream of a homeland. Rubin's notes and annotations weave each text into the larger story of the Jewish experience." --Book Jacket.

Dachau Song

Dachau Song
Author: Paul F. Cummins
Publsiher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2013-12-05
ISBN 10: 9781433125751
ISBN 13: 1433125757
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dachau Song Book Review:

Herbert Zipper was born in 1904 in Hapsburg, Vienna. He was educated in the finest academies, studying under Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel, among others, and became a conductor-composer in Germany in the early 1930s. When Hitler became Chancellor, he hastened back to Vienna, composing music for underground cabarets. In 1938, after the Anschluss, he was sent to Dachau and transferred to Buchenwald (1939). In Dachau, he organized clandestine concerts in an abandoned latrine. He and prisonmate Jura Soyfer also composed a song, The Dachau Lied, which was to have an extraordinary history. He was released from Buchenwald and journeyed to Manila to marry the love of his life and to conduct the Manila Symphony Orchestra. When the Japanese invaded (1942), he was put in prison again. A few weeks after the liberation of Manila, out of the rubble of the city he created an extraordinary concert. After the war he came to America, was responsible for the founding of over a dozen community arts schools, and has been an internationally effective educator. Throughout his remarkable journey, Zipper maintained a spirit of hope and achievement. This is a story of the triumph of human will and spirit.

Forbidden Music

Forbidden Music
Author: Michael Haas
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-04-15
ISBN 10: 0300154313
ISBN 13: 9780300154313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forbidden Music Book Review:

DIV With National Socialism's arrival in Germany in 1933, Jews dominated music more than virtually any other sector, making it the most important cultural front in the Nazi fight for German identity. This groundbreaking book looks at the Jewish composers and musicians banned by the Third Reich and the consequences for music throughout the rest of the twentieth century. Because Jewish musicians and composers were, by 1933, the principal conveyors of Germany’s historic traditions and the ideals of German culture, the isolation, exile and persecution of Jewish musicians by the Nazis became an act of musical self-mutilation. Michael Haas looks at the actual contribution of Jewish composers in Germany and Austria before 1933, at their increasingly precarious position in Nazi Europe, their forced emigration before and during the war, their ambivalent relationships with their countries of refuge, such as Britain and the United States and their contributions within the radically changed post-war music environment. /div

Dislocated Memories

Dislocated Memories
Author: Tina Frühauf,Lily Hirsch
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-09-11
ISBN 10: 0199367493
ISBN 13: 9780199367498
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dislocated Memories Book Review:

Winner of the 2015 Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society The first volume of its kind, Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture draws together three significant areas of inquiry: Jewish music, German culture, and the legacy of the Holocaust. Jewish music-a highly debated topic-encompasses a multiplicity of musics and cultures, reflecting an inherent and evolving hybridity and transnationalism. German culture refers to an equally diverse concept that, in this volume, includes the various cultures of prewar Germany, occupied Germany, the divided and reunified Germany, and even "German (Jewish) memory," which is not necessarily physically bound to Germany. In the context of these perspectives, the volume makes powerful arguments about the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath in changing contexts of musical performance and composition. In doing so, the essays in Dislocated Memories cover a wide spectrum of topics from the immediate postwar period with music in the Displaced Persons camps to the later twentieth century with compositions conceived in response to the Holocaust and the klezmer revival at the turn of this century. Dislocated Memories builds on a wide range of recent and critical scholarship in Cold War studies, cultural history, German studies, Holocaust studies, Jewish studies, and memory studies. What binds these distinct fields tightly together are the contributors' specific theoretical inquiries that reflect separate yet interrelated themes such as displacement and memory. While these concepts link the multi-faceted essays on a micro-level, they are also largely connected in their conceptual query by focus, on the macro-level, on the presence and the absence of Jewish music in Germany after 1945. Filled with original research by scholars at the forefront of music, history, and Jewish studies, Dislocated Memories will prove an essential text for scholars and students alike.

When the Music Stopped

When the Music Stopped
Author: Casey J Hayes
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2022-01-27
ISBN 10: 9789493276079
ISBN 13: 9493276074
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When the Music Stopped Book Review:

Fictionalized account of Willy Rosen's life as a German-Jewish entertainer who performed at Westerbork and was sent on one of the last trains to the east to the gaschambers of Auschwitz.

Holocaust Impiety in Literature Popular Music and Film

Holocaust Impiety in Literature  Popular Music and Film
Author: M. Boswell
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2011-12-07
ISBN 10: 0230358691
ISBN 13: 9780230358690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holocaust Impiety in Literature Popular Music and Film Book Review:

Surveying irreverent and controversial representations of the Holocaust - from Sylvia Plath and the Sex Pistols to Quentin Tarantino and Holocaust comedy - Matthew Boswell considers how they might play an important role in shaping our understanding of the Nazi genocide and what it means to be human.

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope
Author: James A. Grymes
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-08-12
ISBN 10: 0062246844
ISBN 13: 9780062246844
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violins of Hope Book Review:

A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. The violin has formed an important aspect of Jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians—Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman—and also a central factor of social life as part of the enduring Klezmer tradition. But during the Holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community. For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour, and, in at least one case, helped avenge murdered family members. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future. In Violins of Hope, music historian James A. Grymes tells the amazing, horrifying, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker who has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man’s harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family’s history and the history of his people, it is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.

Art Music and Writings from the Holocaust

Art  Music  and Writings from the Holocaust
Author: Susan Willoughby
Publsiher: Turtleback
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2003-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780613609524
ISBN 13: 0613609522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art Music and Writings from the Holocaust Book Review:

Covers rare art, music and writings from the Holocaust.

Violins and Hope

Violins and Hope
Author: DANIEL. WELSER-MOEST LEVIN (FRANZ.)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2021-06-30
ISBN 10: 9781938086861
ISBN 13: 1938086864
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violins and Hope Book Review:

This book chronicles the story of how violins from the Holocaust now sing in symphony halls.

Inextinguishable Symphony

Inextinguishable Symphony
Author: Goldsmith
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2006-04
ISBN 10: 9780470067284
ISBN 13: 0470067284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inextinguishable Symphony Book Review:

A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany

A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany
Author: Lily E. Hirsch
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0472025406
ISBN 13: 9780472025404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany Book Review:

"Offers a clear introduction to a fascinating, yet little known, phenomenon in Nazi Germany, whose very existence will be a surprise to the general public and to historians. Easily blending general history with musicology, the book provides provocative yet compelling analysis of complex issues." ---Michael Meyer, author of The Politics of Music in the Third Reich "Hirsch poses complex questions about Jewish identity and Jewish music, and she situates these against a political background vexed by the impossibility of truly viable responses to such questions. Her thorough archival research is complemented by her extensive use of interviews, which gives voice to those swept up in the Holocaust. A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany is a book filled with the stories of real lives, a collective biography in modern music history that must no longer remain in silence." ---Philip V. Bohlman, author of Jewish Music and Modernity "An engaging and downright gripping history. The project is original, the research is outstanding, and the presentation lucid." ---Karen Painter, author of Symphonic Aspirations: German Music and Politics, 1900-1945 The Jewish Culture League was created in Berlin in June 1933, the only organization in Nazi Germany in which Jews were not only allowed but encouraged to participate in music, both as performers and as audience members. Lily E. Hirsch's A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany is the first book to seriously investigate and parse the complicated questions the existence of this unique organization raised, such as why the Nazis would promote Jewish music when, in the rest of Germany, it was banned. The government's insistence that the League perform only Jewish music also presented the organization's leaders and membership with perplexing conundrums: what exactly is Jewish music? Who qualifies as a Jewish composer? And, if it is true that the Nazis conceived of the League as a propaganda tool, did Jewish participation in its activities amount to collaboration? Lily E. Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Music at Cleveland State University.

Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage

Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage
Author: Jessica Hillman
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2012-10-15
ISBN 10: 0786466022
ISBN 13: 9780786466023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage Book Review:

With chapters on The Sound of Music, Milk and Honey, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Rothschilds, Rags, Ragtime and The Producers, this book examines both direct and indirect references to, or resonances of, the Holocaust, tracing changing American attitudes through the chronological progression of these musical productions and their subsequent revivals. Despite the abundance of writing on both musical theatre history and on the difficulties of Holocaust representation, history and theatre scholars alike have thus far ignored the intersections of these areas. The academy thereby risks excluding precisely those works that shed the most light on our culture's evolving response to the Shoah, an event that still helps to define American identity. This book redresses this lapse by focusing on the theatrical form seen by the greatest amount of people--musicals--which either trigger or reflect changing American mores.

Music of Another World

Music of Another World
Author: Szymon Laks
Publsiher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 130
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780810118027
ISBN 13: 0810118025
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music of Another World Book Review:

Translated from the 1948 French edition. A remarkable memoir of the Polish composer Szymon Laks. While interned at the Auschwitz extermination camp, Laks became kappelmeister of the Auschwitz band. With wit and self-detachment, he records the grotesque phenomena of music among the crematoria. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation

Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation
Author: Amy Lynn Wlodarski
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2015-07-09
ISBN 10: 1107116473
ISBN 13: 9781107116474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation Book Review:

The first comprehensive study of musical Holocaust representations in the western tradition to examine both musical language and cultural value.

Still Songs Music In and Around the Poetry of Paul Celan

Still Songs  Music In and Around the Poetry of Paul Celan
Author: Mr Axel Englund
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2013-01-28
ISBN 10: 1409495221
ISBN 13: 9781409495222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Still Songs Music In and Around the Poetry of Paul Celan Book Review:

What does it mean for poetry and music to turn to each other, in the shadow of the Holocaust, as a means of aesthetic self-reflection? How can their mutual mirroring, of such paramount importance to German Romanticism, be reconfigured to retain its validity after the Second World War? These are the core questions of Axel Englund's book, which is the first to address the topic of Paul Celan and music. Celan, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who has long been recognized as one of the most important poets of the German language, persistently evoked music and song in his oeuvre, from the juvenilia to the posthumous collections. Conversely, few post-war writers have inspired as large a body of contemporary music, including works by Harrison Birtwistle, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and many others. Through rich close readings of poems and musical compositions, Englund's book engages the artistic media in a critical dialogue about the conditions of their existence. In so doing, it reveals their intersection as a site of profound conflict, where the very possibility of musical and poetic meaning is at stake, and confrontations of aesthetic transcendentality and historical remembrance are played out in the wake of twentieth-century trauma.

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness
Author: Philip Rosen,Nina Apfelbaum
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780313310768
ISBN 13: 0313310769
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bearing Witness Book Review:

A resource guide to first-hand accounts, fiction, poetry, art interpretations, and music by Holocaust victims and survivors.

The Holocaust Opera

The Holocaust Opera
Author: Mark Edward Hall
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 315
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9781411620766
ISBN 13: 1411620763
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Holocaust Opera Book Review:

A collection of dark tales, including two novellas, The Haunting of Sam Cabot and The Holocaust Opera, plus seven short stories.

Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers under Fascism

Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers under Fascism
Author: Alessandro Carrieri,Annalisa Capristo
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2021-05-13
ISBN 10: 3030529312
ISBN 13: 9783030529314
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers under Fascism Book Review:

This book is the first collection of multi-disciplinary research on the experience of Italian-Jewish musicians and composers in Fascist Italy. Drawing together seven diverse essays from both established and emerging scholars across a range of fields, this book examines multiple aspects of this neglected period of music history, including the marginalization and expulsion of Jewish musicians and composers from Italian theatres and conservatories after the 1938–39 Race Laws, and their subsequent exile and persecution. Using a variety of critical perspectives and innovative methodological approaches, these essays reconstruct and analyze the impact that the Italian Race Laws and Fascist Italy’s musical relations with Nazi Germany had on the lives and works of Italian Jewish composers from 1933 to 1945. These original contributions on relatively unresearched aspects of historical musicology offer new insight into the relationship between the Fascist regime and music.