B’nai B’rith International is highly offended by the despicable Ohio State University marching band’s Holocaust-inspired song called “Goodbye Kramer.” The song, sung to the tune of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” references Nazis looking for Jews living in attics and Jews traveling by way of cattle car, to their deaths at Nazi concentration camps.
The song was discovered in an updated version of the band’s highly controversial songbook exposed in 2014 after a school investigation into the band’s culture. 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” was added to the band’s repulsive repertoire in 2012, as was another song denigrating the University of Nebraska.
It is never acceptable to trivialize Holocaust imagery. To do so in a jovial tone and completely for the sake of offending is even more abhorrent. The Ohio State marching band has long been dubbed “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” but this sort of behavior does nothing to back up that title.
B’nai B’rith applauds the university administration for digging deep on this issue and committing to “eradicating” this vile culture from one of its more celebrated programs.