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In the summer of 1948, an amateur folklorist named Ben Stonehill recorded more than 1,000 songs from Holocaust survivors in the lobby of New York City's Hotel Marseilles. This week, 66 of those songs become available online, complete with translations; another 300 songs will go up over the next few months - all free for anyone to hear. 4 comments
To the unsuspecting observer, the 25-minute silent, grainy black-and-white video from the vaults of the U.S. National Archives seems to showcase a quaint, carefree summer camp for boys in 1937. Healthy, happy, high-energy guys - against the bucolic backdrop of the Catskill Mountains in eastern New York - pitch tents, get muddy, play checkers, shoot rifles, box and wrestle one another, raise a Nazi swastika flag... In the 1930s , while Adolf Hitler was inciting the German people toward bellicosity and Nazis were establishing horrific concentration camps around Germany, Nazi summer camps for youngsters - like the one near Windham, N.Y. featured in the clip - popped up around this country. Comment?
Polish artist Piotr UklaA ski photographs comment on pop culture, history and photography itself. They are gathered in a new retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum called, " Fatal Attraction: Piotr UklaA ski Photographs. Comment?
French pianist HA lA ne Grimaud performs at major concert halls - this year she has played at the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin and at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. But this week she is at Park Avenue Armory, her toes dipped in one inch of cold water that almost entirely fills the 55,000-square-foot drill hall. Comment?
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