By Lily E. Hirsch
"Offers a transparent advent to a desirable, but little recognized, phenomenon in Nazi Germany, whose very lifestyles may be a shock to most of the people and to historians. simply mixing basic heritage with musicology, the e-book presents provocative but compelling research of advanced issues."---Michael Meyer, writer of The Politics of tune within the 3rd Reich"Hirsch poses complicated questions on Jewish identification and Jewish tune, and she or he situates those opposed to a political historical past vexed via the impossibility of really plausible responses to such questions. Her thorough archival examine is complemented through her vast use of interviews, which supplies voice to these swept up within the Holocaust. A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany is a e-book full of the tales of actual lives, a collective biography in glossy track heritage that needs to now not stay in silence."---Philip V. Bohlman, writer of Jewish song and Modernity"An attractive and downright gripping historical past. The undertaking is unique, the learn is exceptional, and the presentation lucid."---Karen Painter, writer of Symphonic Aspirations: German tune and Politics, 1900-1945The Jewish tradition League used to be created in Berlin in June 1933, the single association in Nazi Germany within which Jews weren't in basic terms allowed yet inspired to take part in song, either as performers and as viewers contributors. Lily E. Hirsch's A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany is the 1st booklet to significantly examine and parse the advanced questions the lifestyles of this detailed association raised, reminiscent of why the Nazis could advertise Jewish song whilst, within the remainder of Germany, it used to be banned. The government's insistence that the League practice purely Jewish tune additionally provided the organization's leaders and club with puzzling conundrums: what precisely is Jewish tune? Who qualifies as a Jewish composer? And, whether it is precise that the Nazis conceived of the League as a propaganda software, did Jewish participation in its actions volume to collaboration?Lily E. Hirsch is Assistant Professor of track at Cleveland nation collage.
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Extra info for A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League
31 but all those who want to smuggle their way through the back door. This will come to an end. What we want is pure separation. 69 The League was to have a separate identity, one distinct from that of the Goy or non-Jew. 70 Such a program of separation helps explain other aspects of the League’s creation and operation as well. The Gestapo accepted the society’s existence only when the “misleading” words Deutscher Juden (German Jews) were eliminated from the League’s original name, making it clear that Jews, whom Hinkel called “persons alien to our kind,”71 could never be German.
75 In this way, Hinkel’s repertoire regulation was ordered, above all, to curb the perceived Jewish control of German music. This goal was ideological, based on the very worst the term authenticity can imply. 76 Though authenticity is generally regarded as a positive, even moral, ideal,77 the multivalency of the word allows it to be manipulated in such a way that it can provide the justi‹cation for a variety of sins. In creating the League, Nazi leaders unconsciously seized on the idea of the authoritative within authenticity to do just that.
For one, it was not denunciatory. While the performance of 28 a jewish orchestra in nazi germany Schoenberg’s music in the League served to send a positive message abroad, the same presentation in the 1938 Exhibition of Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) was meant to demean and denounce the composer at home. This display, part of the ‹rst Reich’s Music Days in Düsseldorf, was organized by Hans Severus Ziegler, one of the most active early members of the Combat League for German Culture. 53 The League, in contrast, was closed to the general public.
A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League by Lily E. Hirsch