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Music and the Holocaust

Here are some links for an in-depth examination of the role of music in the Holocaust.

The following collections of materials can be used to create your compositions.

Due to the special historical and traumatic background of the composition competition, it is assumed that the participants deal with the history, the atmosphere of the time, as well as the emotional, political and social situation.

Without this confrontation, true empathy is not possible.

Here you can find out more about the life and work of Wolf Durmashkin. In addition to historical and biographical accounts, we also offer you songs, texts and compositions that can be used, quoted or simply used as an atmospheric picture of the time and situation.

We also refer you to other websites and films that you can use for your familiarization.


Music and the Holocaust

Here you will find a large collection of songs, compositions and articles with audio files.

Music of the Holocaust

A comprehensive collection of materials provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Language: English

Historical background

Spiritual resistance in the ghettos

Find out more about the importance of living out culture for concentration camp inmates.
A collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Persian

Music in the Holocaust/Music and the Holocaust

The role of songs in ghettos and concentration camps with impressive examples.
Languages: German, English


Chaim Grade, Death of the Yiddish Holocaust Poet

Reflection on the life of the Yiddish writer and poet Chaim Garde.
An article that appeared in the New York Times in 1982.
Language: English

Works by the Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever

This short biography gives you an insight into the life of Abraham Sutzkever and his poems.
Language: English

Hayim Nahman Bialik - the Jewish national poet

The biography of the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and his poems.
Language: English