Louis Bannet posed with trumpet
Gift of Louis Bannet
Id no. 1045.89, Photograph
Subject(s):  Culture, Music
Louis Bannet (b. Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1911) With the German invasion in 1940, Bannet went into hiding with the Dutch underground, until he was discovered and deported to Westerbork transit camp, then Auschwitz-Birkenau. Upon arrival in Birkenau, Bannet learned that he could have a chance to survive, at least for a while, as a member of the Men?s Orchestra. Bannet played with the orchestra for more than two years, entertaining his captors and forced to accompany the march to death of many of the 1.3 million who were murdered in the gas chambers of Birkenau during this period. Most of Bannet?s own family members were among those killed at Birkenau, including his sisters and their children. Later, Bannet passed through other concentration camps, in Ohrdruf, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.

Discover more about this artifact and other stories from the Museum?s collection in, ?To Life: 36 Stories of Memory and Hope? http://www.pickmanmuseumshop.com/tolif36storo.html.
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