Father Otto Neururer (1882 – 1940), an Austrian Roman Catholic parish priest in the town of Götzens became the first priest to die in a Nazi concentration camp. He had advised a young girl not to marry a divorced man of questionable reputation. Unfortunately that divorced man was a close, personal friend of the Nazi party leader in the area. Neururer was subsequently arrested by the Gestapo on December 15, 1938 for ‘slander to the detriment of German marriage.’ He was jailed first in Innsbruck, then Dachau, and in September 1939 transferred to Buchenwald.
Pastor Paul Schneider, (1897 – 1939) an evangelical minister became the first Protestant minister to be martyred by the Nazis. He refused to salute Hitler on his birthday in 1938 and endured many brutal months of mistreatment in Buchenwald before dying following torture.
Commandant Koch and his underlings never missed a chance to demean and punish Jews with all possible cruelty. Consider another Buchenwald song – the ‘Judenlied’ or ‘Jew Song.’From August 1939 on, there were three camp songs officially allowed by the SS: The Buchenwald Song, the Judenlied, and the Esterwegen Camp Song (named after another camp, and for which I don’t have the words.)
In my post on December 18, 2013 I wrote of the music of Auschwitz, and the camp orchestra that played morning and night right outside the kitchen where Henry worked.
The only reference Henry ever made to a Buchenwald music was a comparison camp orchestra at Buchenwald in comparison to Auschwitz.