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Dislocated MemoriesJews, Music, and Postwar German Culture$
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Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367481.001.0001

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The Katset-Teater and the Development of Yiddish Theater in the DP Camp Bergen-Belsen

The Katset-Teater and the Development of Yiddish Theater in the DP Camp Bergen-Belsen

(p.97) 5 The Katset-Teater and the Development of Yiddish Theater in the DP Camp Bergen-Belsen
Dislocated Memories

Sophie Fetthauer

Lily E. Hirsch

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the functions of Yiddish theater in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp as a genre that traditionally incorporates different musical repertoires,. It traces the evolution in offerings by the Katset-Teater, which organized four programs in total; the Yidishe Arbeter-Bine, six theater productions; and various short-lived theater projects. The transitory state of Yiddish theater under these auspices between 1945 and 1948–it drew on prewar music traditions, recent music of the Holocaust, as well as concerns of the contemporary environment—documents the survivors’ pasts and presents by recreating lived experience while reflecting their changing emotional states. The performances of Yiddish theater thereby bore witness to both Jewish lives before and after liberation, thus rendering time itself transitory.

Keywords:   Yiddish theater, displaced persons, Bergen-Belsen DP camp, Katset-Teater, Zami Feder, Dolly Katz, Shalom Aleichem, Yidishe Arbeter-Bine, Jewish cabaret

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