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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Jewish Composers of Polish Music after 1939

Jewish Composers of Polish Music after 1939

A Story in Lists and Numbers

(p.371) Jewish Composers of Polish Music after 1939
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Maja Trochimczyk

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks into the devastating impact of the Holocaust in Jewish musical creativity in Poland. It discusses the inclusion of Jewish composers in the world of Polish music by its post-1945 historians. It also examines the presence of Jewish composers in Poland's musical world before 1939 and the disappearance of these composers as shown by official publications, dictionaries, and music histories up until 1989. The chapter reviews all the composers of Jewish origin who were alive in September 1939, regardless of their attitude and relationship with Judaism. It mentions the most important composers of Jewish descent but not of Jewish faith, such as Józef Koffler, who gave up his official Jewish religious allegiance in May 1939, and Roman Palester, who was baptized Catholic as a baby.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Jewish musical creativity, Poland, Józef Koffler, Roman Palester

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