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Music in Nazi-Occupied Poland

by Katarzyna Naliwajek (Author)
©2022 Monographs 198 Pages

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Summary

This investigation of Polish, Jewish, and German sources demonstrates the roles of music in occupied Poland. Its former citizens had their access to music controlled by the Nazi Ministry of Propaganda. It was rationed as other goods, depending on racial (i.e. also legal) status. Official music performances served as a propagandistic tool to further divide the Nazi-segregated population. Music played clandestinely embodied resistance. It restored the sense of community and helped save musicians persecuted as Jews, like Władysław Szpilman. The documents analyzed in the monograph confirm the dehumanization of prospective victims, mixed with a narcissistic self-righteous view of Nazi songs and propaganda ultimately led to the organized presence of music in the Holocaust sites.

Details

Pages
198
Year
2022
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631881705
Language
English
Keywords
Warsaw ghetto Music as resistance Music in death camps Generalgouvernment Philharmonics Soviet-Nazi occupation Holocaust and genocide

Biographical notes

Katarzyna Naliwajek (Author)

Katarzyna Naliwajek, PhD, works at the Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw, Poland. She has focused her research on music during the Nazi-Soviet occupation of Poland, Polish music in the 20th century, and connections between music and politics.

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Title: Music in Nazi-Occupied Poland