Todestango: Music in Nazi Death Camps

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This chapter traces the roots of a myth about Jewish musicians in Nazi death camps being forced to perform a “Death Tango” as men, women, and children were led to the gas chambers. By taking a critical look at different versions of this story that have been and continue to be told in the press, in books, on the internet, and in social media, an attempt will be made to separate myth from reality and to sort out what this myth tells us about the role of music in the modus operandi of the Holocaust.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime and Music
EditorsFrank Bovenkerk, Dina Siegel
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9783030498788
ISBN (Print)9783030498771
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Part of: Music, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.


  • Holocaust Death camp Tango Auschwitz Janowska Nuremberg trial Myth Propaganda


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