contains writings by some of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.
Tadeusz Borowski's Auschwitz stories are masterpieces of world literature.
Although a survivor of Auschwitz, Borowski died by his own hand,
by gas in 1951 in Warsaw. Elie Wiesel, another survivor of both
Auschwitz and Buchenwald won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his unforgettable
work, Night, and one of the key passages is narrated on the
album. Tadeusz Rozewicz is one of the most respected Eastern European
poets and we have adapted two of his great poems, The Survivor
and Pigtail. Micheline Maurel survived Ravensbruck concentration
camp, and then wrote her book, Ravensbruck, in which she wrote as
a plea to the outside world, "Be happy, millions of people envy
great Eastern European poets are included, Zbigniew Herbert and
Reiner Kunze, both of whose works were banned in their own countries.
Zbigniew Herbert's first collection, A Chord of Light could
not be published in Poland until after Stalin's death in 1956; and
Reiner Kunze's work was first banned in East Germany in 1968 when
he publicly protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Herbert
lived all over Europe and America, and Kunze later resettled in
haunting poem, Us Two, Nina Cassian conveys the permanence
and strength of love in just 5 lines. Paul Celan, has achieved worldwide
renown with his six volumes of poetry published in his lifetime,
and three more since his death in 1970. Celan was Jewish but his
native language was German, and therefore language became a complex
and involved part of his work, as can be read in Deathfugue.
In the poem, Auschwitz, 1987, Adam Zych describes the enduring
horrow of that place, in his depiction of a visit to Auschwitz over
40 years after the mass murders. Auschwitz remains a terrifying
and chilling place.
years a schoolteacher, Yehuda Amichai teaches us all a salutary
lesson about what is important, in his insightful poem, Tourists.
Adrian Mitchell is one of the UK's most talented writers, writing
in many different mediums, but most keenly, poetry. We include his
poem, Victor Jara of Chile simply because it powerfully depicts
the world betrayed, a gentle and heroic man destroyed by cruelty.
The poem, Again, by the UK writer, Kevin Carey, echoes many
of the questions raised by the above writers and widens the focus
from the horrors of Dachau, to other acts of genocide in the 20th
CD booklet, we include excerpts from the works of Primo Levi, Ruth
Altbeker Cyprys, Eva Fogelman, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Czeslaw Milosz
and Judy Chicago. The Jewish-Italian writer, Primo Levi, wrote his
famous prose work, If This is a Man, in 1958, about his experiences
at Auschwitz, and this was one of the first books to be read by
a worldwide readership. Eva Fogelman's book, is the definitive book
on rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. Both Ruth Altbeker Cyprys
and Gerda Weissmann Klein provide a unique view of this darkest
period of history. As can be read from the excerpts included in
the CD booklet, their accounts are memorable and heartbreaking testaments
of courage. Czeslaw Milosz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1980 and has written many poems on the Holocaust which are included
in his Collected Poems.
the poems and excerpts used have been translated into English. We
are indebted to the translators of these works. The translators
are Barbara Vedder for This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen;
Hilda Schiff for Auschwitz, 1987; Adam Czerniawski for Pigtail
and The Survivor; Margaret S Summers for Be Happy
(excerpt from Ravensbruck); Czeslaw Milosz for Five Men;
Ewald Osers for Hymn To A Woman Under Interrogation; John
Felstiner for Deathfugue; Glenda Abramson & Tudor Parfitt
for Tourists, and Margitt Lehbert for the profile of Zbigniew