GIVING VOICE TO A FOXTROT FROM AUSCHWITZ
University of Michigan School of Music
While conducting research at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum last summer, music theory professor Patricia Hall became interested in a manuscript arranged and performed by prisoners in the Auschwitz I men's orchestra.
Heartbreakingly titled 'The Most Beautiful Time of Life,' the piece is a foxtrot that was likely performed as dance music for the Auschwitz SS garrison.
Thanks to The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance this music will be returned to the world. Below you can see a fragment of one of original manuscripts from the Collection of the Memorial and to the right you can see a film documenting the project.