Friday, December 16, 2016

The Death of a Giant, and the Final Concert Arranged by a Leading Nazi Before the End of World War Two - On the Same Day...

It was April 12th, 1945 in  Warm Springs, Georgia.  A beautiful  and bucolic dawn introduced this day.
A frail, tired man began this day in a chair downstairs in the lovely cottage he would visit from time to time. A brief period  before,  he had just returned from  the Yalta Conference, his final meeting with Stalin and Churchill, who derisively described Yalta as "the Riviera of Hades."
After  undergoing some activity, he put  a  hand to his head and said "I have a terrific headache."
In a few minutes this  man was dead. The  frail, tired man was, of course, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the leader of the Crusade against  the threat of a New Dark Age - sadly, he failed by less than a month to be  witness to the promulgation of the   historic victory he had fought to achieve.
On the very same day, in a cold concert hall in a battered Berlin, with the Russian military approaching from the East,  a final concert in that hall was performed by the Berlin Philharmonic. This concert was arranged by none other than Albert Speer, the gifted architect and one of the Nazi hierarchy - music of Beethoven, Bruckner and Wagner was performed. Imagine, if possible, a concert given in a city almost completely  destroyed by years of Allied bombing.  Even though it was April, it was a cold, gray day, and this select audience sat in the cold with collars up to ward off discomfort while listening  to what was to become one of the final expressions of a culture which gave the world so much; a culture which was driven insane by a monstrous agenda created by a man who thought  that he could become an artist.
For those of you who have not seen some of the water color art  of Adolf Hitler, do look at a few of them; then ask "what if this man had had sufficient gifts to follow through with his painting and taken a different path, what kind of twentieth century would we have had?"
At any rate, April 12th, 1945 was a rather interesting day, wouldn't you say?

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