Event Title

Jazz as Resistance in the Third Reich

Presenter Information

William Qualey, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The Nazi regime maintained a complicated relationship with jazz for the duration of its time in power. Although Nazi ideology vehemently opposed the music on ideological grounds, top Nazi officials recognized that jazz was among many forbidden forms of expression that could keep up morale under the stressful conditions of war. This paper explores the complex role that jazz played in the Third Reich and examines this role in the context of the existing scholarship on resistance to the Nazi regime. In doing so it hopes to bring to light this fascinating aspect of German culture, analyze the contexts in which it was considered resistance, and address larger questions about the nature of the Nazi regime.

Faculty Sponsor

Raffael Scheck

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

576

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Jazz as Resistance in the Third Reich

Diamond 223

The Nazi regime maintained a complicated relationship with jazz for the duration of its time in power. Although Nazi ideology vehemently opposed the music on ideological grounds, top Nazi officials recognized that jazz was among many forbidden forms of expression that could keep up morale under the stressful conditions of war. This paper explores the complex role that jazz played in the Third Reich and examines this role in the context of the existing scholarship on resistance to the Nazi regime. In doing so it hopes to bring to light this fascinating aspect of German culture, analyze the contexts in which it was considered resistance, and address larger questions about the nature of the Nazi regime.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/111