Music and the Holocaust

History of Sorts


One of my biggest passions is Music, I simply could not imagine a world without it.Music heightens the emotions. A good piece of music can make you feel happy, sad or even bitter and angry.

For many victims of Nazi brutality, music was an important means of preserving and asserting their humanity.

But as so many wonderful and pure things,music was also exploited by the Nazi’s for the Nazi imagination, music had a unique significance and power to seduce and sway the masses. The Party made widespread use of music in its publicity, and music featured prominently at rallies and other public events. The Horst Wessellied (Horst Wessel song) was popular and widely sung. Many propaganda songs were aimed at the youth, and the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) developed an elaborate music program.

In 1938, the infamous Entartete Musik (Degenerate music) exhibition was mounted in order to identify to the…

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