The Jewish Jazz Trumpeter who Entertained the Nazis's

The Jewish Jazz Trumpeter Erik Vogel, who entertained the Nazi's to Survive the Holocaust


“On March 15, 1939—the same day that the Czech President, Emil Hácha, granted free passage to German soldiers, after Hitler had threatened to bomb Prague—the Gestapo pounded on the door of the apartment that Vogel shared with his parents, in Brno. The officer recognized Vogel from a Jazz jam session that they’d both attended a few weeks back. How odd that confrontation must have felt—meeting again under once unthinkable circumstances. The officer assured Vogel that he would be safe. “This was the first time that jazz was deeply involved in shaping my life. It was not to be the last,” Vogel wrote.”



Jewish Jazz Trumpeter Erik Vogel


You can see the whole article here in The New Yorker by Amanda Petrusich

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