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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:40 PM

Professor unearths inmates' music from Auschwitz

Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death camps.

The University of Michigan music theory professor heard there were manuscripts, but she was "completely thrown" by what she found in the card catalogs: Unexpectedly upbeat and popular songs titles that translated to "The Most Beautiful Time of Life" and "Sing a Song When You're Sad," among others. More detective work during subsequent trips to the Polish museum over the next two years led her to several handwritten manuscripts arranged and performed by the prisoners, and ultimately, the first performance of one of those manuscripts since the war.

"I've used the expression, 'giving life,' to this manuscript that's been sitting somewhere for 75 years," Hall told The Associated Press on Monday. "Researching one of these manuscripts is just the beginning you want people to be able to hear what these pieces sound like. ... I think one of the messages I've taken from this is the fact that even in a horrendous situation like a concentration camp, that these men were able to produce this beautiful music."

Sensing the historical importance of resurrecting music for modern audiences, Hall enlisted the aid of university professor Oriol Sans, director of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and graduate student Josh Devries, who transcribed the parts into music notation software to make it easier to read and play.

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Behind the Aegis Nov 2018 OP
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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:42 PM

1. Happy Hanukkah to ALL, miracles being what they are.

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:43 PM

2. I have no words.

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:48 PM

3. That was a very interesting clip.

Thank you for posting.

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:48 PM

4. Interesting

thanks!

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 09:00 PM

5. These prisoners were released, so, their families will be glad to hear about this.

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 09:10 PM

6. Quite amazing

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:50 PM

7. Kicking. eom

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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:29 PM

8. This Music Educator is in awe!

AMAZING!!!

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