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Report: Ohio State band songbook mocked Holocaust victims

The Detroit News
Ohio State's band performs during the Sugar Bowl against Alabama in January.

Members of Ohio State's marching band published and circulated a book of parody songs in 2012 that mocked Holocaust victims, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of the songbook and published portions of its contents on Thursday.

The song "Goodbye Kramer" was to be sung to the tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

Among the lyrics, according to the report:

"Searching for people livin' in their neighbor's attic."

"Small town Jew … who took the cattle train to you know where."

"Head to the furnace room, 'Bout to meet your fiery doom."

"Oh the baking never ends, It goes on and on and on and on."

Ohio State told the Wall Street Journal that the songbook reflected the sort of "shocking behavior" that the school is "committed to eradicating from its marching band program."

The Journal said the songbook included an introduction, in which band members were told to keep the book's contents a secret.

Ohio State fired former band director Jonathan Waters last year after a two-month university investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a "sexualized culture."

OSU concluded that students were pressured to march in their underwear and to perform sexually themed stunts that yielded explicit nicknames.