The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz

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Article: The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz
Hello, Some years ago, I worked with a student in translating a 1996 article by Gabrielle Knapp from German into English.  Now the website of the original publication, Feministische Studien, has published our translation on their website.  Links below, the article is 10 pages long; Knapp drew from her book (dissertation) on the subject.  I hope that this will be of interest to some; please forward this notice as appropriate.
Gabriele Knapp: “Music as a Means of Survival: The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz”
First published: “Musizieren als Ãœberlebenshilfe. Das Frauenorchester in Auschwitz” in: Feministische Studien, Heft 1, 1996, S. 26-35.
Translated by Katherine Deeg, Anette Bauer, and Liane Curtis, with support from the Student-Scholar Partnership of the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University
http://www.feministische-studien.de/index.php?id=10
and the pdf is here
http://www.feministische-studien.de/fileadmin/download/pdf/fem96_Translation_Knapp1.pdf

Gabrielle Knapp’s article, Musizieren als Ãœberlebenshilfe. Das Frauenorchester in Auschwitz (“Music as a Means of Survival: The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz“), originally published in  Feministische Studien, Heft 1, 1996, S. 26-35, is available in English translation here.

This short article may interest legal history scholars and others.  The orchestra’s history is a  fascinating one — it inspired a  21st century opera, too.

Pictured at left is Anita Lasker Wallfisch, the orchestra’s cellist.

-Bridget Crawford

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