Montag, 24. April 2017

VA - Lied - Wort - Dokument (1979, Eterna)

Originally posted on April 12, 2015:
Ceremonies are being held in Germany to mark the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by the US army 70 years ago. Survivors from all over the world are to attend.

Unlike Auschwitz in Poland, Buchenwald was not one of the death camps where the Nazis set about their "Final Solution" – the systematic extermination of European Jews. Nonetheless, it was equipped with crematoria and gas chambers and 56,000 perished, 11,000 of them Jewish.
Many were summarily executed by SS guards, subjected to horrific medical experiments or forced to work in armaments factories. Starvation and disease also claimed thousands.
Named after the surrounding beech trees, Buchenwald was set up in 1937, close to the picturesque eastern city of Weimar, home to the poets Goethe and Schiller and one of the great centers of classical German culture.

The camp housed Jews, Sinti and Roma – targeted by the Nazis on racial grounds as well as groups ranging from Soviet prisoners of war to Scandinavian and French resistance fighters. So-called enemies of the state including Communists, homosexuals and Jehovah's Witnesses were also held there.

The contrast with the surroundings has always symbolized one of the great paradoxes of German history – the co-existence of its rich humanist culture and the barbarity of the Nazis.

In February 1945, a month after the liberation of Auschwitz, Buchenwald was the largest remaining camp, with 112,000 inmates, a third of whom were Jewish. But by the time the Americans arrived on April 11 only 21,000 were left. In the three previous days alone the SS sent 28,000 predominantly Jewish inmates on death marches to other camps further from the front.

For this occasion we post the double album "Lied - Wort - Dokument", released on the Eterna label and documenting the anti-fascist resistance in music and words.

VA - Lied - Wort - Dokument im deutschen antifaschistischen Widerstand 1933-1945, part 1                                   
VA - Lied - Wort - Dokument im deutschen antifaschistischen Widerstand 1933-1945, part 2
(320 kbps, cover art and booklet included)                                   

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