Music And The Holocaust
Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps
Oxford Historical Monographs
Shirli Gilbert

Oxford University Press (August 30, 2005)
243 pages, English
ISBN: 0-19927-797-4
Book Description
In Music and 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 and 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.
  • 1 Redeeming Music: 'Spiritual resistance' and beyond
  • 2 'Have compassion, Jewish hearts': Music in the Warsaw Ghetto
  • 3 Vilna: Politicians and Partisans
  • 4 Songs Confront the Past: Life in the Sachsenhausen
  • 5 Fragments of Humanity: Music in Auschwitz
  • 6 Epilogue
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Extrait : Music in the Warsaw Ghetto