VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1941 THIRD REICH BOOK LISTING ALL JEWISH

MUSICIANS AND THEIR MUSIC THAT WAS TO BE BANNED IN NAZI GERMANY

LEXIKON DER JUDEN IN DER MUSIK

(Encyclopedia of Jews in Music)

PUBLISHED BY HERBERT GERIGK, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSICOLOGISTS IN HITLER-GERMANY

AND LEADER OF THE MUSIC BRANCH IN DR. JOSEPH GOEBBELS' REICHSKULTURKAMMER!

The author went into more detail with some Jewish musicians such as Kurt Weill. According to the author, Weill had been one of the worst Jewish composers and "greatly responsible for the cultural downfall of Germany"!

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VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1941 THIRD REICH BOOK LISTING ALL JEWISH MUSICIANS AND THEIR MUSIC THAT WAS TO BE BANNED IN NAZI GERMANY

LEXIKON DER JUDEN IN DER MUSIK

(Encyclopedia of Jews in Music)

PUBLISHED BY HERBERT GERIGK, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSICOLOGISTS IN HITLER-GERMANY AND LEADER OF THE MUSIC BRANCH IN DR. JOSEPH GOEBBELS' REICHSKULTURKAMMER!

The hard to find 6 x 8-1/4 inch, 402 page hardcover book by Herbert Gerigk was published in 1941 by Bernhard Hahnefeld Verlag in Berlin. It was published only in a very small number of copies. The book is a complete list of Jewish musicians and Jewish music titles and was supposed to be a guide for radio stations, operas and theaters who were not allowed to play anything that was not in line with the Reichskulturkammer and Reichsmusik-kammer under the leadership of Reich Ministers Dr. Joseph Goebbels and Alfred Rosenberg.

By the late 1930s, the Party sensed the need for a comprehensive race-based guide to German music. Having previously experienced countless scandals due to inaccurate information or incomplete encyclopediass – 'Aryan' artists had been accused of being Jewish, just as openly Jewish musicians had been allowed to continue working – Party officials wanted a single reference work to which to turn. An extensive undertaking, Gerigk's Lexikon was published in the NSDAP series on ‘Research on the Jewish Question’. Although rife with inaccuracies and misrepresentations, it was substantially more detailed than any previously written work of this nature. The book opened with the proud assertion that the purification of our culture and thus also our musical culture of all Jewish elements has been successful. Clear legal restrictions have ensured that in Germany the Jew is not publicly active in the cultural sphere, not as musician or composer, not as writer or publisher or businessman.

Gerigk nonetheless went on to request further assistance from readers in tracking down relevant names; indeed, the Lexikon proved to be an ongoing work. In a later edition Gerigk decided to extend the book’s coverage from just 'full' and 'half-Jews' to blacklisting all those who had ‘Jewish blood’. Unsurprisingly, his Lexikon sparked numerous battles over racial identity. Family members of deceased musicians, and occasionally still-living men, regularly filed complaints against the inclusion of their names in Gerigk’s book.

In 1943 Gerigk reflected on the positive impact his Lexikon had wrought on the German cultural landscape. Remembering the pre-Nazi era, he warned his readership not to forget the times when the German was almost at the point of becoming homeless in his own Fatherland. Key positions were occupied mostly by Jews. Besides that, freemasons and exponents of other political entities outside the state were also influential in music. It is very instructive to reflect upon the conditions of that time.

He was convinced that his Lexikon was a key part of solving this problem.

The copy that is offered for sale is from the second or third edition but still only published in a number of 8,000 copies total! Who knows how few copies have survived the war and following De-Nazification.

The first part of the book lists the Jewish musicians in alphabetical order (see above). The second part lists Jewish music titles (from regular songs to operas), see photo on the left.

 

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LEXIKON DER JUDEN IN DER MUSIK

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