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Trois œuvres musicales emblématiques de la résistance des musiciens juifs tchèques, dans le ghetto de Theresienstadt (1941-1944)

Abstract : The ghetto of Terezin in Czechoslovakia was the theatre of the biggest artistic mystification in nazi Germany. Situated north of Prague, the ghetto was used as a propaganda camp for the international community, in order to reassure the whole world about the enviable condition meant for the Jewish community living on the territory of Reich III.
Actually, as the nazi propaganda in Germany and the invaded and annexed territories aimed at forbidding all jewish or nationalist composers' music, as German musicians of the past and Richard Wagner's music held a place of honor, the artists prisoners in the ghetto of Terezin camp were allowed "fair" conditions of life and could compose and play all sorts of pieces of music in the style that suited them : klezmer music as well as biblical songs, modern or "degenerated" music, jazz and cabaret music. Yet, the musicians were not content with composing "for the sake of composing": they often did it with a purpose of resistance.
This essay intends to analyze some literary and musical means used to this end: Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, Hans Krasa's opera for children Brundibar, Viktor Ullmann's opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
A visit to the camp was organized for the International Red Cross on June 23rd, 1944. The composers mentioned in this essay were sent to the extermination camp of Auschwitz on October 16th, 1944 and died there.
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Marie-Anne Cohu-Cabaret. Trois œuvres musicales emblématiques de la résistance des musiciens juifs tchèques, dans le ghetto de Theresienstadt (1941-1944). Histoire. 2013. ⟨dumas-00876150⟩

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