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Dachau Song

The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper

Paul F. Cummins

The odyssey of Herbert Zipper covers most of the 20th century. Born in Vienna in 1904, his life has spanned three centuries: from the 19th century world of the Habsburg Empire, through the 20th century horrors of Dachau, Buchenwald, and the Manila of World War II, to the emerging 21st century in China. Throughout his remarkable journey Zipper, a composer, conductor, concentration camp survivor, and educator, has maintained a spirit of achievement and optimism that contradicts his experiences. This is a story of the triumph of human will and the human spirit and, as such, is both fascinating and instructive.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Music (AV)
      • Theory of music & musicology (AVA)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • Regional & national history (HBJ)
        • History of the Americas (HBJK)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 (HBLL)

BISAC Classifications

  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Germany (HIS014000)
    • United States (HIS036)
      • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century (HIS036040)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary (HIS040000)
  • Music (MUS)
    • MUSIC / History & Criticism (MUS020000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Music (AV)
      • History of music (AVM)
      • Composers & songwriters (AVN)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
      • History of the Americas (NHK)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Central Europe (1DF)
        • Austria (1DFA)
        • Germany (1DFG)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)
        • United States of America, USA (1KBB)
        • Canada (1KBC)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
        • Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899 (3MNQ)
          • c 1890 to c 1899 (3MNQZ)
            • Germany: the age of Imperialism (1890–1914) (3MNQZ-DE-D)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
        • Early 20th century c 1900 to c 1950 (3MPB)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)