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Members of the camp orchestra perform in front of a barracks in the Janowska concentration camp.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 78710

Members of the camp orchestra perform in front of a barracks in the Janowska concentration camp.

The Janowska orchestra included some of the leading Jewish musicians in Lvov, among them violinist Leonid Stricks and cellist Leon Eber. The SS forced the orchestra to perform during selections and actions and even "commissioned" a special composition to be played on these occasions. Entitled "Todestango" [Tango of Death], the piece was composed by Yakub Munt (sp?), former director of the Lvov opera. The music was based on an earlier work by Eduardo Bianco. The members of the orchestra met their end in 1943 when they were shot to death by their overseers while playing their instruments.

Date
1941 - 1943
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Herman Lewinter
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Record last modified: 2013-01-25 00:00:00
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