“Auschwitz had a wonderful orchestra”

boccaccio march sheet musicAuschwitz had a wonderful orchestra.” With that line, Henry Zguda introduced me to a lesser known component of all German concentration camps – music. For some lucky prisoners, musical ability saved their lives, because they were selected for the camp orchestra. Henry worked for the director of the Auschwitz orchestra, so was able to describe it in first-hand detail.

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Merry Christmas!

Nancy ChristmasMerry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Wesolych Swiat, Bozego Narodzenia i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku! 

Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr! 

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!

I wish you a blessed holiday and a healthy New Year. To Nancy and Henry Zguda, Na Zdrowie!

 

 

Dachau as a Sanctuary?

Welcome refugees - GermanyRefugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries now think of Dachau as a sanctuary. Or at least some buildings that used to be part of the original camp. Germany is struggling to find housing and locations for the flood of asylum-seekers crossing her borders. One option recently utilized is the repurposing of  buildings left over from WWII concentration camps. While the idea may seem abhorrent to some, there is a certain logic to such a choice, especially with little available housing. Dachau has been used before for refugee housing.

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