Douglas E. Friedman’s book tells the remarkable story of the Comedian Harmonists, the most popular singing group in Europe in the early 1930s. Because three of the six members were Jewish, the group was forced by the German government to disband at the height of its popularity. They were one of the most prominent examples of the results of the Nazi program to erase all traces of Jewish life and culture from German society. What one writer has called "the slow smothering of Jewish life."
Praise for Douglas Friedman’s book:
“The Comedian Harmonists were well ahead of their time and a major influence on vocal group music. Douglas Friedman's book—the first in English about this extraordinary singing group—is a very welcome addition to the literature on music history.” Terry Stewart, President, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“An astonishing collection of facts woven together to tell the amazing and touching story of this famous Weimar-era vocal group.” Theo Niemeyer, official Archivist for the Comedian Harmonists.
“Douglas Friedman’s great affection for the Comedian Harmonists is manifest throughout his well-researched and compelling story of the famous singing group. This is a classic rags to riches to rags story – one that will also interest students of popular culture, anti-Semitism, Weimar, and Nazi Germany. Advice to reader: Read this book while listening to a recording of the Comedian Harmonists, and don’t skip the footnotes.” Marc Alexander, grandson of Comedian Harmonist Erich Collin.
All profits from this sale of this book are donated to the Center For Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Coummnity College, Lincroft, New Jersey. See, www.chhange.org.