The Holocaust

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Perhaps the only way to address the Holocaust in music is via hauntingly beautiful and mournful music.

Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Górecki himself has played down the symphony’s connections with the Holocaust and war, but the origins of some of the words (scratched on the walls of a Gestapo cell) and his own history of losing family members during the Holocaust underpinned the public imagination behind the piece that made it such an extraordinary hit in the 1990s.

Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List

The haunting theme from Steven Spielberg’s film is played here by Itzhak Perlman.

Williams: Schindler’s List main theme

Szpilman: Little Ouverture

Or perhaps the only response is music that takes one to an entirely different place to the horrors of war. This piece is by Wladyslaw Szpilman (“The Pianist”), whose story was told in the film The Pianist.

Szpilman: Little Ouverture

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