Showing posts from January 28, 2024

The 2019 Rubinstein Festival recalled in memory 2024 - To honour the anniversary of the highly cultured and legendary Arthur Rubinstein born in Łódź, Poland on 28th January 1887

I attended the 2019 festival for only the last two days. How I regret not coming for the entire unique event! Considering the world eminence of the pianist and his absolute preeminence in his matchless interpretation of the music of Chopin, the neglect of this festival is scarcely understandable. This impressive event and the concurrent events and exhibitions in Łódź associated with it is held every two years. It has been single-handedly, imaginatively and indefatigably assembled since its inception by the Festival Director Mr. Wojciech Grochowalski. The event is held under the auspices of the organizer, the Culture and Business Foundation in co-operation with the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation. Introductory remarks on the evening were given by the host and Polish Radio presenter, and musicologist Adam Rozlach.  Official Website for the Rubinstein Festival 2024,27    (English),31     (Pol

79th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - 27th January 1945

   Click on photographs to enlarge for a superior image  A picture taken in January 1945 depicts the gate and railway of Auschwitz-Birkenau after the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.  ( AFP via Getty Images)                                                                                                                    [Friends of Zion Museum] Approaching Auschwitz on the Ferry in 1992 Winter sunset at Auschwitz 1992 Crematorium remains at Birkenau, Winter  1992 Zyklon B crystals Majdanek Camp Museum 1992 Jewish Cemetery at Lesko, south-east Poland The compression of time into an instant image Birkenau - the terrible 'Little Wood' A Note on the 'Little Wood' in this photograph Behind the main Birkenau camp there were two more crematoria, Krems IV and V.  They were considerably smaller than II, and III but were still of sufficient size to kill many people each day.  The area was cordoned off with barbed wire. Branches of leaves were woven thickly into the wire t