Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ink Stains and Broken Glass. Two small thoughts about Yom HaShoah

Today is Yom HaShoah. The Day of the Holocaust remembrance. We all find our places to anchor our thoughts on this day. Something to bring it a scale we can comprehend. For my wife, it was the story of Anne Frank that captivated her as a kid (and still does). She, my wife, switched her Facebook picture to Anne Franks this morning and posted a link to this video of Regina Spektor talking about Anne Frank and playing her song Ink Stains.

For me, it was Kristallnacht. The night of broken glass. Here's the pivotal moment from John Zorn's album Kristallnacht, which captures it about as well as anything can.

Hat tips to YouTube users moiabxl and franckygodmund1 for posting the Spektor and Zorn videos, respectively.

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