A book of parody songs privately circulated among members of the Ohio State marching band included one number of lyrics making offensive references to the Holocaust.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the 1981 Journey hit, "Don't Stop Believin'" was retitled "Goodbye Kramer" and featured highly offensive and demeaning lines, including reference to a "small town Jew ... who took the cattle train to you know where."
That line referred to the train cars Jews were loaded into when being sent off to their death at concentration camps. Other lyrics referred to Nazi soldiers "searching for people livin' in their neighbor's attic.
The school issued a strongly worded statement in response to the book of songs, lambasting the band's "shocking behavior" and insisting the school is "committed to eradicating from its marching band program," per the WSJ.
The songbook was investigated by the school in 2014, and a number of songs made crude or offensive references to homosexuality, bestiality, and rape, among other subjects. One song re-wrote the lyrics to the University of Nebraska fight song, then a new member of the Big 10 Conference.
The band's then-director in 2014, Jon Waters, said he knew of the book's existence when he was a member in the 1990s, but that he understood the book was disposed of by the previous band director.
Waters was wrong. Instead, it only went underground -- and then grew more heinous. Waters told the WSJ that the Holocaust song, for example, was never in the book when he was a student member.
He said he knew of the songbook in the 1990s when he was a member of the band but that his predecessor, Jon Woods, had banned it. “I understood it to be gone,” he said. “It had been outlawed for a long, long time and was something that was very much on the underground.”
"If something like that exists, that's disgusting," he said when the song was first brought to light. "I never saw anything like that."
Waters, it's worth noting, has a lawsuit pending against Ohio State. He is arguing that the school wrongly terminated him in 2014 on the grounds that he failed to address a pervasive sexual culture within the marching band.