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July 1, 2017

Brundibar

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Music, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:10 pm

Here is a short one minute clip from a rendition of Brundibar.

You can read a news article I blogged about earlier today about the concentration camp in the town of Terezin at: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/entertainment/arts/opera-returns-death-camp

This is the headline of the news article:

The Opera returns to the death camp

Begin quote from the news article:

For John Freund, this performance of an opera he loves promises to be bittersweet.

The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, who now lives in Toronto, hopes to be well enough to travel this month to Theresienstadt – a concentration camp and ghetto in the Czech town of Terezin, near Prague, where he was once interned. There, he will see a performance of the renowned children’s opera, Brundibar, which he witnessed as a teenaged inmate of the Nazi-era camp.

Freund served as a consultant to the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, which, on July 2, began a 10-day tour of Brundibar. The company of 48 children and youth are to perform the work in Prague, where it premiered at an orphanage in 1942, as well as Krakow and Budapest. The tour ends in Terezin, where the opera was performed more than 50 times by the child inmates of the camp.

End quote from news article

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The Red Cross inspection of the Terezin concentration camp lasted for six hours but the cultural events went on for a week. During the week of the inspection, there were numerous performances of the children’s opera called “Brundibar” in the new cultural hall in the Sokol building.

A jazz band, called the “Ghetto Swingers”, played in the music pavilion in the square. This was a real concession by the Nazis since they had banned jazz or swing music in all of Germany. Hitler regarded swing music and jazz as “degenerate” because two of the leading musicians, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, were Jewish.

The Nazi concentration camps typically had an orchestra which played classical music as the prisoners marched to work, or to the gas chambers. The Germans loved classical music and Germany was world famous for the cultural contributions of Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. One could say that the Nazis literally put down their violins in order to kill the Jews.

 

 

Brundibar, the opera, will play again at a former Nazi “death camp”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:03 pm

My photo of entrance into Theresienstadt

You can read all about the alleged Nazi death camp, known as Theresienstadt, in this recent news article: http://www.cjnews.com/culture/entertainment/arts/opera-returns-death-camp

Title of the article: The Opera returns to the death camp

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Quote from the news article:

For John Freund, [a former prisoner at Theresienstadt] this performance of an opera he loves promises to be bittersweet.

The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, who now lives in Toronto, hopes to be well enough to travel this month to Theresienstadt – a concentration camp and ghetto in the Czech town of Terezin, near Prague, where he was once interned. There, he will see a performance of the renowned children’s opera, Brundibar, which he witnessed as a teenaged inmate of the Nazi-era camp.

Freund served as a consultant to the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, which, on July 2, began a 10-day tour of Brundibar. The company of 48 children and youth are to perform the work in Prague, where it premiered at an orphanage in 1942, as well as Krakow and Budapest. The tour ends in Terezin, [rhymes with gasoline] where the opera was performed more than 50 times by the child inmates of the camp.

End quote from news article

I have a section on my website about Theresienstadt at:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/CzechRepublic/Theresienstadt/TheresienstadtGhetto/History/index.html

The following quote is from my website:

The Red Cross inspection of the Theresienstadt camp lasted for six hours but the cultural events at Theresienstadt went on for a week. During the week of the inspection, there were numerous performances of the children’s opera called Brundibar in the new cultural hall in the Sokol building.

A jazz band, called the Ghetto Swingers, played in the music pavilion in the square. This was a real concession by the Nazis since they had banned jazz or swing music in Germany. Hitler regarded swing as “degenerate” music because two of the leading musicians, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, were Jewish.

The Nazi concentration camps typically had an orchestra which played classical music as the prisoners marched to work or to the gas chambers. The Germans loved classical music and Germany was world famous for the cultural contributions of Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. One could say that the Nazis literally put down their violins in order to kill the Jews.

End quote from my website

 

East Prussia – The last Winter

Filed under: Germany, Music, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:23 am

I like the German background music in this video.  It is only 4 minutes long; have a listen.

Published on Jul 19, 2013

The First East Prussian Offensive took place from 16–27 October 1944, and was carried out by the 3rd Belorussian Front under General I.D. Chernyakhovsky as part of the Memel Offensive of the 1st Baltic Front. The Soviet forces took heavy casualties while penetrating 30–60 km (19–37 miles) into East Prussia and Poland, and the offensive was postponed until greater reserves could be gathered.
The 2nd East Prussian Offensive lasted from 13 January to 25 April 1945, though some German units did not surrender until 9 May. The Battle of Königsberg was a major part of the offensive, which ended in victory for the Red Army.

  • Music

    • “Peer Gynt Suite: No.1, Op. 46: II. Aase`s Death” by Münchner Symphoniker

Video: Germany 45 the other story – Part 1 – East Prussia

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:09 am

An excellent video about the mistreatment of Germans in East Prussia. It is in German with English subtitles.  This video is only 5 minutes long.  Have a look!

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