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I recently came across a Washington Post article that talks about the recent Echo awards in Germany. Given the prevalence of music in modern culture and the cultural weight that it has on young people, it is especially worrisome that acts of antisemitism can be excused by some under the guise of freedom of artistic expression. And given the startling statistics that we have seen in class about the underwhelming about of Holocaust education that so many young people have, it is a potential risk that artists could utilize that gap in information about the Holocaust and capitalize on it with incorporating evocations about the conditions of human beings in concentration camps.
Why the Nazis Were Obsessed With Twins
Sophie Tucker was best known for her sexy songs—crowd-pleasers that showed off her curves, her sass, and her frank love of men and money. That night, Tucker debuted a new song. Performed in both English and Yiddish, the song was a hit. And though she felt a deep personal connection to the song, she had no idea she had just performed an anthem. The record for Columbia sold over a million copies. Performed in both Yiddish and English, "My Yiddishe Momme" took the world by storm during the s and s, giving voice to many immigrants' complicated feelings about assimilation and the sorrow of losing a mother. But the song was more than a tearjerker, or an American phenomenon. The song hit a nerve with Jewish and non-Jewish audiences alike, writes biographer Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff. But it expressed a bittersweet emotion that would have rung true to audiences of immigrant and second-generation Jews who were far from home and whose mothers had sacrificed to make their lives better.
We do so through music. Polish musician Jozef Kropinski was arrested on 7 May by the Gestapo for publishing an illegal newspaper, and sent to Auschwitz. During four years of imprisonment in the concentration camp he composed hundreds of poems and songs. In Buchenwald he became friend with writer Kazimierz Wojtowicz, and together they produced more than pieces. Leone Sinigaglia was an Italian composer who loved popular chants. From a wealthy family, his Jewish origins made him being subjected to Fascist persecutions. The story of Czech composer Gideon Klein is an example of the Nazi persecutions towards musicians. Klein died at the age of 25 after spending the last four years of his life in Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps. His passion for music allowed him to compose and play even during his imprisonment. In fact, he was the organiser of the cultural activities in the Terezin concentration camp.