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Teaching Why we should listen to the music of the Holocaust - and that of Syrian refugees

Why we should listen to the music of the Holocaust - and that of Syrian refugees

Singing is perhaps not something that people associate with the Holocaust. But a wealth of music was played and songs sung while victims were interned in the ghettos and camps. Perhaps this marked a desire to maintain continuity with the past, or perhaps it represented a kind of “spiritual resistance” to the systematic dehumanization. Whatever the reason, the victims left an enormous corpus of music and songs.\n\nVictims sang about their worries, their captors, their lives before internment and their inner emotional worlds. When faced with what must have been a devastating and bewilderingly sudden change to their world, it seems as if they sang endlessly. We need only glance at the e

Ian Biddle
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Why is music important for both victims and those who want to understand the victims' experience?
STANDARDS:
RH.2 - Main Ideas, RH.3 - Historical Process, RH.7 - Visual Information

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

1,2,3
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