Music, poems, in the theatre


On 21 April, music and poetry in the theatre.

Fabian Schrama

First, music by guitarist-vocalist Fabian Schrama. Many of his songs are about love. Among his inspirations is Damien Rice.

Then, poetry by Floor Voerman; much of it about women and death.

Then, a column by yours truly, about birds.

Finally, music by Love-O-Rama (they are not yet really sure about the name). A female vocalist, Linda van der Meulen, and a male acoustic guitarist, Arjan Appelman. What are their inspirations? Cornelis Vreeswijk, Arjan said. Georges Brassens, Linda said.

Remembering Hitler’s shoah


This video is called Michael Palin in Auschwitz.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Remembering the six million victims

Tuesday 21 April 2009

ISRAEL was stilled on Tuesday as it observed its annual memorial day to commemorate the six million Jews who perished in the nazi genocide.

The country came to a halt for two minutes as air-raid sirens rang out in remembrance of the Holocaust victims.

An official wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, followed. In deference to the solemnity of the day, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment were closed.

In Poland, Jewish youths marched from the ruins of the nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz to the neighbouring Birkenau satellite camp in a March of the Living.

Marchers set out from Auschwitz’s infamous iron gates – crowned with the words “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free” – and walked two miles to Birkenau, a site of wooden barracks and the ruins of gas chambers.

At least 1.1 million people perished in the camp’s gas chambers or from starvation, disease and forced labour. The camp was liberated in January 1945 by Soviet troops.