Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz
On the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, leading musicians from around the world come to pay tribute to the 1.5 million who died.
On the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau this memorial film reflects on the shocking fact that the Nazis used music as a psychological tool in their machine of death. Survivors who were forced to play in the orchestras set up by the SS recount their experiences and, for the first time since its liberation, permission has been given for music to be heard again in Auschwitz. Leading international musicians from around the world, including the Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov and the American pianist Emanuel Ax, come to pay tribute to the 1.5 million who died. The film includes music by Mozart, Bach, Chopin and others who have commemorated this human tragedy in sound.