When Music Saved Lives | James A. Grymes

August 21, 2014 12:33 PM

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When people ask me about music during the Holocaust, they are often surprised to learn about the orchestras in Auschwitz. It seems impossible to imagine emaciated prisoners making music in the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps.

There were actually several ensembles in the Auschwitz complex, including a large orchestra in the main camp, orchestras in the men's and women's camps of Birkenau, and several other ensembles in various satellite camps. These orchestras were comprised of amateur and professional musicians who were ...

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