"the music of the loony-bin prisoner band which greeted each arriving train"

The use of music in Auschwitz is described in numerous survivors' accounts. Many recalled how camp inmates were forced to play music as the trains arrived; the songs were few in number, repeated over and over. These songs were played at the most horrific of times, and the music became another form of mental torture for the inmates. 

Music in Auschwitz

Bach in Auschwitz

Music of the Ghettos and Camps