The Jazz Standard the Nazis could not destroy.

I was reminded of this song while I was watching “the Man in the Castle”. So many musicians were murdered during the Holocaust Musicians like the talented composer Gideon Klein The youngest Jewish composer murdered during the Holocaust, Gideon Klein was only 26 when he was murdered in the Fürstengrube sub-camp near Auschwitz. His oeuvreContinue reading “The Jazz Standard the Nazis could not destroy.”

Animal Rights in the Third reich .

On August 16 ,1933 Hermann Göring announced he would put an end to the unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments. He also threatened that he would commit to concentration camps those who still thought they could continue to treat animals as inanimate property. He decried the “cruel”experiments of unfeeling scientists whose animals were operatedContinue reading “Animal Rights in the Third reich .”

Chaplain van Lierop-Forgotten Dachau Victim

On April 29, 1945 the US troops liberated Dachau concentration camp. I could post thousands of pictures of teh atrocities which were perpetrated there, but most people would probably only look at one or two pictures and then turn away,because the horror is just too great to endure. The normal human mind can’t fathom theContinue reading “Chaplain van Lierop-Forgotten Dachau Victim”

Music Matters

Music is very important, it evokes emotions and stirs the soul. It can unite and divide in equal ways. It can be a very powerful tool to bring joy, but it also can become a weapons if it is used for propaganda purposes. I will be looking at 2 songs which both had some partContinue reading “Music Matters”

When scientists pledged allegiance to Hitler.

If anyone doubts it is not dangerous to link science with politics, they need to have a look at history to see how devastating that can be. At the Albert Hall in Leipzig , on November 11, 1933-this was less then 8 months after Enabling Act was signed in which Hitler was given absolute power,Continue reading “When scientists pledged allegiance to Hitler.”

And the world watched and did nothing.

No one in their right mind would argue that it was the Germans who are responsible for the Holocaust. However when it comes to the Holocaust there are a lot more countries that can’t say they had no blame. They may not have started it but they did very little to stop it. It suitedContinue reading “And the world watched and did nothing.”

When music and politics collide.

Music is one of my biggest passions, it has helped mte through many tragedies in my life and it still plays a very important part in my life. Something that worries me is when music is used for political reasons or when musicians make political statements. They are of course entitled to have political viewsContinue reading “When music and politics collide.”

The German Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The 1936 Berlin were probably the biggest propaganda tool ever to be created by the Nazi regime, but I won’t go into the details of the actual games. I will focus on 3 people of Jewish descent. Two who survived the war and one who did a few days after the games. In 1935 tehContinue reading “The German Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”

Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler- aka Hedy Lamarr.

I have already done a blog on how Hedy Lamarr was imvolved in developing and patenting a technology which was a front runner of something we now commonly call WiFi. That on its own makes her a remarkable woman, but there is so much more to her. In 1933 she starred in a Czech  romanticContinue reading “Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler- aka Hedy Lamarr.”

Christie Pits riot

There is a misconception that most people were appalled about Hitler coming to power in 1933, and that it was only the Germans who endorsed the Nazi policies. But that would be far from the truth. Hitler’s rise to power was celebrated in many parts of the world, even in Canada. It’s not hard toContinue reading “Christie Pits riot”