Music in the Holocaust:Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps

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Clarendon Press, Mar 17, 2005 - History - 266 pages
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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 theways 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.

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Fascinating reading. For an academic author, Gilbert is a surprisingly absorbing writer. And looking at the Holocaust through the lens of music offers a totally new perspective.

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Shirli Gilbert is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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