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Music and Peace — Musical Activities of the German-Austrian War Prisoners in Bando and Kurume P.O.W. Camps

Kyungboon Lee 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Japanese P.O.W. camp in Bando in the Shikoku Island during the WWI is regarded as ‘a paradise’ of the German-Austrian prisoners and the peaceful P.O.W. Among the various cultural activities their musical performances have contributed to this positive reputation. By analyzing German documents of the Federal archive Berlin- Lichterfelde in Germany, diaries and memories of the prisoners as well as Japanese documents in the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, this study explores how music related to peace in the Japanese P.O.W. camp, particularly in the case of Bando and Kurume due to their enormous musical activities, and which political purposes Japan had aimed to. It further examines the interrelation between music and peace.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.