Friday, May 9, 2008

A Song for May 9

This year, May 9, follows right after Israeli Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day. It is a time to think of the gifts and sacrifices of those to whom Tom Brokaw spoke of as "The Greatest Generation". Mark Bernes was a famous Jewish singer from Odessa, a city by the Black Sea with a cosmopolitan reputation. The video above, Tsyomnaya Noc and the video below have disturbing wartime images. Tsyomnaya Noch is a famous love song produced during the war years that speaks in the voice of a soldier longing for his beloved. The images below are from the siege of Leningrad, which lasted over two and a half years. To this day Tsomnaya Noch remains a beloved classic in the Russian language. Let us hope that the suffering of the sort portrayed in both videos will give way to a peaceful world

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