In 2014, an investigation was opened into the Ohio State Marching Band’s culture after a songbook with highly controversial lyrics was made public.
An initial report discovered the book that had been a long held secret with songs centering on bestiality, rape and homophobia.
A follow-up investigation revealed “Goodbye Kramer,” a song mocking the Holocaust, set to the tune of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” was added to the band’s repulsive repertoire in 2012.
The lyrics, to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” include references to Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic” and a “small town Jew … who took the cattle train to you know where.”
B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish human rights and advocacy group, condemned the song’s authors and praised the university’s response.
“It is never acceptable to trivialize Holocaust imagery,” B’nai B’rith said in a statement Thursday. “To do so in a jovial tone and completely for the sake of offending is even more abhorrent.”