In order for students to explore the role of music in Jewish resistance to the Holocaust, it is helpful first to ask them to consider the role that music plays in their own lives. This lesson provides that opportunity by encouraging students to think about the power of music to provide comfort and inspiration, both to them as individuals and to groups or communities to which they may belong. Their reflections in this lesson will help students begin to better understand the idea of “spiritual” resistance and the role that music can play in it.
Research Protest Songs
Folk and popular music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has provided a vehicle for many individuals and groups to protest against injustice. Students are likely aware of some protest songs, and they may also be familiar with some songs that they did not realize were written as protests. Consider having students dig deeper into the history and effects of specific songs that have been used to protest injustice. If students are not able to come up with these songs or moments on their own, a simple internet search for “protest songs” can provide plenty of examples and information to get them started.