The Ghetto Sultans

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Jazz band of prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp, from the 2013 novella Guided Tours of Hell by Francine Prose

Three sharp blasts jolt the passengers: static from the bus driver's radio, then a blare of jazz, Eastern European Dixieland, Basin Street with a wailing Levantine gypsy edge. Laundau turns to look at Jiri, whose memoirs describe the Ghetto Sultans, the jazz band in the camp, free concerts every Monday, until the drummer and the alto sax were sent to Birkenau by mistake.

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