Bryan Susman

Bryan Susman is a Program Associate for Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves.

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Use Music to Study Genocide Through a New Lens

Posted by Bryan Susman on April 5, 2018

When I was a teenager, I traveled to Auschwitz on a Jewish summer program. Since I played the saxophone, I was asked to perform the song “Eli, Eli” for a memorial service. It is a popular Jewish song my father made me sing every night before bed but I knew nothing of its origin. My tutor told me as I walked to the stage that Hannah Senesh, who wrote the poem on which the song is based, was a Hungarian-born, Palestine-based paratrooper who died trying to rescue Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.  

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Topics: Genocide/Collective Violence

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