Survive and die with music in nazi camps

A radio program of the European Institute for Jewish Music hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI - MARDI 17 JANVIER 2012, JUDAIQUE FM, 21h05

On January 2016 will be held, in France and many other countries, the International Day of memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and prevention of crimes against humanity. This day matches symbolically with the liberation of Auschwitz camp by the Russian army.

The ceremonies during this day are often illustrated with music written by men and women who died during the Holocaust or survived it.
Since 20 years now, musicologists, composers and musicians got interested in this “music of the Holocaust”.

Among them, Bruno Giner who just published a few months ago a book called "Survivre et mourir en musique dans les camps nazis" (Survive and die in music in nazi camps).

During this radio program, Bruno Giner describes to us the settings of the concentration camps. He also explains how music in the camps was a mean of propaganda for the nazis, and of resistance for the deportees.

This radio program is illustrated with many musical examples.

Survivre et mourir en musique dans les camps nazis - Bruno Giner, Hervé Roten (Judaïques FM 94.8)


Officer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute for Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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