Music in the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps by Shirli Gilbert

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

byShirli Gilbert

Paperback | January 15, 2006

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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, andcabarets, 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 ofthe 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 theyunderstood, interpreted, and responded to their experiences at the time.

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Shirli Gilbert is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
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Title:Music in the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and CampsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:January 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199211183

ISBN - 13:9780199211180

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Table of Contents

1. Redeeming Music: 'Spiritual resistance' and beyond2. 'Have compassion, Jewish hearts': Music in the Warsaw Ghetto3. Vilna: Politicians and Partisans4. Songs Confront the Past: Life in the Sachsenhausen5. Fragments of Humanity: Music in Auschwitz6. Epilogue