Music in the Holocaust : Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps, Paperback / softback Book

Music in the Holocaust : Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps Paperback / softback

Part of the Oxford Historical Monographs series


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 concernedwith 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 imprisonedunder 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 262 pages, numerous musical examples and halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Music
  • ISBN: 9780199211180


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