You can read here about Holocaust survivor Coco Schumann, who is still alive and well, playing music in Berlin.
This quote is from the article, cited above:
Schumann was saved from the gas chambers of Auschwitz because a guard who was charged with sorting out new arrivals recognized him from Berlin’s jazz scene and placed him in a Roma [Gypsy] musical group.
Previously, at Theresienstadt, Schumann had begun playing guitar in a band known informally as “The Ghetto Swingers.” He played “La Paloma” for the German guards at Auschwitz, as they murdered thousands of innocent Jews, Roma, gays and others.
It is well known that the German people love music, and it has often been said that the Germans literally put down their violins in order to murder the Jews. Now the truth comes out: the Germans put down their violins to kill the Jews, but they forced other Jews to play music for them while the killing was going on.
This quote is from the news article about Schumann:
… In 1943, German authorities began deporting Germans of Jewish-Christian parentage – and someone had apparently informed the authorities that Coco Schumann’s mother was Jewish. Schumann received a letter from the police authorities that he was to report to the Alexanderplatz police station. The letter didn’t state his crime. He was promptly arrested upon arrival and sent to the Gestapo. They then deported him to the concentration camps.
“Theresienstadt. Auschwitz, Dachau. No one believed that I was actually in these places,” Schumann said. “For a long time, I felt that no one would understand what I saw. I didn’t understand it myself.”
So Schumann was sent to THREE different camps, all of which allegedly had gas chambers. Yet, he wasn’t killed. And all because he could play “swing music” which the Nazis hated because it was un-German. He’s still alive, at the age of 90, and still playing his music.