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Nazism, Neo-Nazism And Music

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Nazis in Germany and neo-Nazis throughout the world have exploited music and song as instruments of unity, camaraderie and aggression, panelists at an online seminar said recently.

During the forum, sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, two academics, a former white supremacist and a journalist from Italy spoke of the intersection between music and bigotry.

In his lecture, Edward Westermann — a professor of history at Texas A & M University and a specialist in the Holocaust — said the Nazi movement in Third Reich deployed music and song to amplify a host of interlocking themes ranging from the notion of German dominance over Europe to the promotion of sacrifice for the fatherland and aggressive masculinity.

At the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, music was played to both lull and humiliate newly arrived Jewish prisoners, he noted. He added that songs engendered bonding........

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