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Dislocated MemoriesJews, Music, and Postwar German Culture$
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Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367481.001.0001

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Remembering the Concentration Camps

Remembering the Concentration Camps

Aleksander Kulisiewicz and His Concerts of Prisoners’ Songs in the Federal Republic of Germany

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(p.141) 7 Remembering the Concentration Camps
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Dislocated Memories
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Barbara Milewski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367481.003.0007

This chapter considers the performances of Aleksander Kulisiewicz, a Polish political prisoner who composed and collected songs in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. In the 1960s and 1970s, he would perform these works on stages across Europe, with frequent appearances in East and West Germany (in front of highly diverse audiences. When compared to other forms of musical commemoration at the time, his appearances uniquely operate somewhere in between performance and historical witnessing by building on his authentic experience and profound belief in remembrance. While Kulisiewicz’s activity evolved out of his personal Holocaust experience, musicians and composers of subsequent generations also created commemorative works.

Keywords:   Aleksander Kulisiewicz, concentration camp song, Rosebery d’Arguto, Jewish Death Song, counterculture folk-song movement, antifascism, Holocaust remembrance

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