The first band in Auschwitz was created on SS orders in December 1940. "musicians had their instruments (violin, percussion, double-bass, accordion, trumpet, saxophone) forwarded from their homes to the camp and began rehearsals on 6 January 1941 in Block 24 of the main camp. This ensemble grew rapidly with the permission of the camp authorities, and was divided into a symphony orchestra with up to 80 players and a brass band with about 120 musicians." Bands were subsequently form in other Camps; "These were usually medium-sized brass bands with strings and existed for several months and even years."
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