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SONDERSTAB MUSIK

Willem de Vries

  • Original Title: SONDERSTAB MUSIK
  • Publication date: June 1996
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Country: NL
  • 271 print pages
  • Historical

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: Belgium, France, Netherlands
  • Themes: SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, Power, Totalitarian regime, Obscurantism, War and other conflicts

Pitch

The activities of the 'Sonderstab Musik' in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, an organisation staffed by distinguished German musicologists whose task was to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments. Its initial target was the possessions of Jewish musicians and composers who had fled the Nazi regime.

Comments

Willem de Vries is a Dutch historian and musicologist.

Summary

During the Second World War the 'Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg' was set up, an organisation which aimed for the elimination of Jewish cultural life in the rest of Europe. A 'Sonderstab Musik' was also established, staffed by distinguished German musicologists whose task was to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments. Its initial target was the possessions of Jewish musicians and composers who had fled the Nazi regime, but in the end it boiled down to a general confiscation and removal of Jewish possessions, including those connected with music-making.
This book describes the activities of the 'Sonderstab Musik' in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The first part of the book is a solid and detailed work of history, the second part gathers the portraits of 4 persons: two Nazi part of the organization and two Jews victim of the plunder.

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