As a teenager in the Achterhoek (Netherlands) I heard from my father short fragments of the story of Frank Dell. I hardly knew my father's role during this period of WW-2. And I was wondering if details could be found on the Internet ... That search eventually resulted in a very special contact.
A very personal report in Dutch.
Frequent calls still ...
1961 ... " the Russians are on their way " ... that's what we were told as we were the age of ten ... " we have to hide from them, we have to buy extra rice / beans / matches " ... 1993 ... Thereafter 'The Russians are on their way' was a phrase to mention the upcoming birth of the twins only. One of the twins has been named after Yuri Gagarin for a personal reason, and for reason of the impact of the demise of the Berlin Wall. Anyway, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, no doubt. His flight, on April 12, 1961. Following the flight, Gagarin became a cultural hero in the Soviet Union.
To me this lady is an absolute hero. I visited the Theresienstadt Camp without awareness of the story of this lady. And yes, my days always start with her music. She survived Terezin in Czech Republic.
" We had to play because the Red Cross came three times a year. The Germans wanted to show its representatives that the situation of the Jews in Theresienstadt was good. Whenever I knew that I had a concert, I was happy. Music is magic. We performed in the council hall before an audience of 150 old, hopeless, sick and hungry people. They lived for the music. It was like food to them. If they hadn't come [to hear us], they would have died long before. As we would have."
This is what hits me ... each day ... this power ...
Meanwhile ages ago ... 2014 this lady passed the rainbow. There is in an interview created year 2009 at YouTube.
The base of my music. Blues. French chansons. Flemish texts. The ballads. But then I eventually come back to Leonard Cohen. For decades I have attended his concerts. What attracts me to him? His songs from his depressions, his endless tendency to self-analysis, his incomparable lyrics, his powerful dark voice, his sensitivity to worldly temptations, his Jewish origin.
I handed over his first edition of "Beautiful Losers" to a graduate student, like I presented before my first sample of the LP 'Songs of Love and Hate' to another student who deserved it.
One of his superb texts, as I first heard at a concert in Antwerp,long ago:
"May you be surrounded by family and friends all your life but if this isn't your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude."
Thanks for the Dance !
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