“Auschwitz 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.
Merry 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!
Refugees 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.
Holiday Lights in Warsaw are turned on in spectacular fashion. Thanks to Radio Poland, I share a few photos from the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in Warsaw’s Castle Square, and the holiday decorations in the Old Town and along the Royal Route. The menorrah is also lit, in honor of the first days of Hanukkah. Continue reading