Coco, the jazzman of Auschwitz, has died at 95

Heinz Jakob ‘Coco’ Schumann, a jazz guitarist who played underground in Berlin until the Nazis sent him to Terezin and Auschwitz, died in Berlin this weekend.



After the War he migrated to Australia but the lure of Berlin was irresistible and he returned in the early 1950s.

Read his life story and hear some music here.


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  • Today, 29. January, at 19:30 Berlin time, the RBB Kulturradio has changed its programming to honour Coco Schumann with a 30-minute obituary

    and later on, at 22:04 Berlin time, there is an almost hour-long interview with him from 1998, which can also be downloaded. Both in German

    Both of these links will remain active beyond today, I believe.

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