The Destruction of a Cultural Tradition in Germany

Organs and Organ Music in the Synagogue
  • Tina Frühauf
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Abstract

An important perspective into the past is its transfer to the present as a process of evolution. As part of this process of evolution, music is of special importance, as part of social life, cultural tradition and personal expression. Organ music in the synagogue, as part of music history and ethnomusicology, represents these historical aspects. This music belongs primarily to German-Jewish culture and its liturgical-musical traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries, and today is neglected and almost forgotten. Nonetheless, the genre deserves to be remembered in light of its brutal elimination during the Third Reich. In what follows, the presence of organs and organ music in the synagogue will exemplify the Holocaust’s effect on music as a paradigm of ‘culture-cide’.

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