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Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, And Postwar German Culture


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.


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

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Oxford University Press


T. Frühauf And L. E. Hirsch


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