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Why were the Jewish musicians not allowed to play music by Beethoven in Chapter 4 of...

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joseph40 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 20, 2009 at 11:23 PM via web

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Why were the Jewish musicians not allowed to play music by Beethoven in Chapter 4 of Night?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 5, 2009 at 9:01 AM (Answer #1)

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The Jewish musicians were not allowed to play music by Beethoven because he was a famed German composer and musician; "Jews were not allowed to play German music".

The sense communicated by the restriction was that the Jews were not worthy to play the music of the German masters.  It goes along with the systematic denial of the Jews of rights and privileges accorded other citizens of the Nazi regime.  With the rise of Hitler, the Jews and other "undesirables" were first discriminated against, then persecuted, and finally eliminated from the fabric of German society through mass deportation and murder.  The prohibition against Jews playing German music was just one part of Hitler's movement to eradicate them in his "Final Solution" (Chapter 4).

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delze | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 8, 2011 at 1:05 AM (Answer #2)

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Jewish were not allowed to play music by Beethoven because he was a famed German composer and musician. Jews were not allowed to play German music. I know it kind of sounded lame there.

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