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Different DrummersJazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany$
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Michael H. Kater

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165531.001.0001

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Jazz Goes to War Compliance and Defiance, September 1939 to August 1942

Jazz Goes to War Compliance and Defiance, September 1939 to August 1942

(p.111) 3 Jazz Goes to War Compliance and Defiance, September 1939 to August 1942
Different Drummers

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Nazi faithfuls who might have thought that jazz music had vanished from the Reich could be proven wrong just a few weeks into World War II. These Nazis were deploring a state of affairs which, unbeknownst to them, was in perfect accord with Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels's own directives. For the sake of social peace, but initially also because the war had been planned as a short interlude, Goebbels conjured up a myth of continuity, of normalcy, from peace to wartime. By blanking out the unaccustomed consciousness of stress and pain, the hardships of this new war could be more easily legitimized. Toward that goal, cultural events of all kinds, in content and in form not significantly different from their prewar proportions, would help the propaganda machinery that was busily at work on so many other facets of the nation's collective life.

Keywords:   jazz, Germany, propaganda, World War II, Joseph Goebbels, dance music, radio stations, Hamburg Swings, Nazis

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