Secular Jewish Music

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Of particular importance during the 20th century was the use of music for political ends. During the Holocaust, music instilled a fighting spirit among Jews in ghettos and concentration camps and helped document the horrors there. In Palestine and the early State of Israel, the conscious creation of a body of folk music was deeply connected with Zionism and the quest for self-determination. Today Israeli popular music expresses Jewish themes in the musical contexts of European popular song styles.

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