No competition intended - just consider them to also be part of the tapestry of World War II. Later I intend to include the common girls as well.
Edith Piaf (December 19, 1915 - October 11, 1963) was one of France's most beloved singers, with much success shortly before and during World War II. Her music reflected her tragic life, with her specialty being the poignant ballad presented with a heartbreaking voice.
She wrote her signature song, La Vie en Rose, in the middle of the German occupation in World War II. During this time, she was in great demand and very successful. Singing for high-ranking Germans at the One Two Two Club earned Édith Piaf the right to pose for photos with French prisoners of war, ostensibly as a morale-boosting exercise. Once in possession of their celebrity photos, prisoners were able to cut out their own images and use them in forged papers as part of escape plans. Today, Édith Piaf's association with the French Resistance is well known and many owe their lives to her. After the war, Édith toured Europe, the United States, and South America, becoming an internationally known figure.
Today she is still remembered and revered as one of the greatest singers France has ever produced. Her life was one of sharp contrasts: the range of her fame as opposed to her tragic personal life, and her fragile small figure on stage with the resounding power of her voice.
Above quoted from: http://great-song-stylists-uk.com/Ed.../Edithpiaf.htm
The Little Sparrow of France.
Click here to listen to some of her songs:
Soiree au Gaumont Palace - 1943 - video clip
Edith Piaf - Hymne à L'Amour - video clip
PIAF - NON JE NE REGRETTE RIEN - vidio clip
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose - 1954 - video clip
There is a new movie about Edith Piaf. The title is La Vie en Rose
Check out the official movie site with trailers:
Last edited by George Eller; 07-29-2007 at 03:04 AM.
Edith Piaf - incredible voice...
Question to Noble Moderators and Gentry Admins:
How to place link to a song, enabling younger members of the forum listening to?
Songs and music are integral part of WWII atmosphere or (like George Eller would say), tapestry of WWII. Very good meaning!
Can we do something in this regard?
I can't wait to post "We'll hang our washing on the Siegfried Line..."
If the song is copyrighted, bad luck.
If not, you could easily find a file hosting server and upload that file. (see Panzerknacker's video posts).
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Hi Dani,Originally Posted by Dani
Thanks for advice. Copyright may be a problem but not for songs which I want to post! Thanks!
Enjoy weather in your lovely Bucharest!
Can you buy strawberries now? How much they cost?
Off-topic: In the market (not in the store!) 1-2 EUR/kg
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Off topic: In the market are the best - they taste like real strawberries!Originally Posted by Dani
Not bad price. Here in Oz - 1 EUR for 200 grams of New Zealand hydroponic stuff...
Queensland strawberries are hopeless if from hydroponics farms. Real ones around October/November are great and cost about 1/2 EUR for 100 grams.
Janina Zubryd, member of National Armed Forces (Narodowe Sily Zbrojne - polish anti-nazi and anti-communist ressistance). Killed by communists in 1946.
Marlene Dietrich (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, entertainer and singer.
Since leaving Berlin in 1930 until her last concert in Australia she traveled again and again to France, Austria, Switzerland and later, while being on large tours, around the whole world. "We always lived out of a suitcase", summarized her lover Erich Maria Remarque somewhat resigning.
On March 6, 1937 Dietrich became an American citizen. In 1941 the U.S. entered the Second World War and Dietrich became one of the first celebrities to raise war bonds. She entertained troops on the front lines in a USO revue that included future TV pioneer Danny Thomas as her opening act. Dietrich was known to have strong political convictions and the mind to speak them. Like many Weimar era German entertainers, she was a staunch anti-Nazi who despised anti-Semitic policies of National Socialism.
One of the greatest offers she refused, was the idea of Adolf Hitler to bring her back to the Third Reich to make films of her choice. This also meant saying no to the Nazi regime. During World War II Dietrich refused to work in Germany despite personal appeals made by Adolf Hitler, and her films were temporarily banned there.
During the war Marlene toured the European war front and worked tirelessly entertaining the troops in USO shows. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom and made a Knight and Officer of the Légion d'Honneur. Her enjoyment of the USO shows paved the way for her public appearances.
Her singing helped on the homefront of the USA too, as she recorded a number of anti-Nazi records in German for the OSS, including Lili Marlene, a curious example of a song transcending the hatreds of war. She also played the musical saw to entertain troops. From 1943 to 1946 she made more than 500 personal appearances before Allied troops. She sang for the Allied troops on the front lines in Algiers, France and into Germany with Generals James M. Gavin and George S. Patton. When asked why she had done this, in spite of the obvious danger of being within a few kilometers of German lines, she famously replied "aus Anstand" – "it was the decent thing to do".
The relations to Germany remained tense; since the death of her mother, on whose funeral she participated in Berlin in 1945, Marlene Dietrich never visited Germany again. In the Germany of the Adenauer era an independent, especially an erotically independent woman was regarded as indecent. Marlene Dietrich played soon after the end of the war in Billy Wilder's film "A foreign affair", the destroyed Berlin served as the setting for a sarcastic comedy about the affair an American soldier had with the former lover of a member of the SS. The dress Marlene Dietrich, who played the lover, was wearing in this film was similar to the one she wore when she appeared in front of the American soldiers. Many Germans - who welcomed the Americans as a protecting power and allied – took amiss in the fact, that Marlene Dietrich didn’t stand by the Germans during the war, but supported the Americans in their struggle against the "Dritte Reich".
Above was a composite of quotes from the following:
Bottom right corner:
With her lover Erich Maria Remarque - a German veteran of First World War and author of the famous novel "All Quiet on the Western Front". He also left Germany and lived in the United States during World War II.
Click here to listen to her sing Lili Marlene in English and in German:
A nice video/music tribute to Marlene Dietrich at YouTube:
Lili Marlene in German and English by various artists:
The Official Lili Marleen Page - Various Artists in German, English and other languages:
Lili Marlene - Lyrics:
A woman of conscience and a great American.
Last edited by George Eller; 09-26-2007 at 06:27 PM.
Eva Braun (Eva Anna Paula Braun) (February 6, 1912 – April 30, 1945) was the longtime companion and, briefly, wife of Adolf Hitler.
Born in Munich, Germany, Braun was the daughter of a school teacher from a respectable Bavarian family. She was educated at a lyceum, then for one year at a business school in a convent where she had average grades. She worked for several months as a receptionist a medical office, then at age seventeen took a job as an office and lab assistant for Heinrich Hoffmann, the official photographer for the Nazi Party. She met Hitler there in 1929 and is said to have slipped a love letter into his pocket. He had been introduced to her as "Herr Wolff" (a childhood nickname he used during the 1920s for security purposes). She described him to friends as a "gentleman of a certain age with a funny moustache, a light-coloured English overcoat, and carrying a big felt hat." At that time Eva Braun still worked for Hoffmann as an office assistant, later becoming a photo laboratory worker, helping to process pictures of Hitler. The blonde, fresh-faced, slim, photographer's assistant was an athletic girl, fond of skiing, mountain climbing and gymnastics as well as dancing.
After the death of Geli Raubal, Hitler's niece, she became his mistress, living in his Munich flat, in spite of the opposition of her father who disliked the association on political and personal grounds. In 1935, after an abortive suicide attempt, Hitler bought her a villa in a Munich suburb, near to his own home, providing her with a Mercedes and a chauffeur for personal use. In his first will of 2 May 1938 he put her at the top of his personal bequests - in the event of his death she was to receive the equivalent of £600 a year for the rest of her life.
In 1936 she moved to Hitler's Berghof at Berchtesgaden where she acted as his hostess. Reserved, indifferent to politics and keeping her distance from most of the Fuhrer's intimates, Eva Braun led a completely isolated life in the Fuhrer's Alpine retreat and later in Berlin. They rarely appeared in public together and few Germans even knew of her existence. There is some indication that this, along with their not having married early in their relationship, was due to Hitler's fear that he would lose popularity among female supporters. The German people were entirely unaware of Eva Braun and her relationship with Hitler until after the war.
According to the memoirs of Albert Speer, Eva Braun never slept in the same room as Hitler and was always given her own bedroom at the Berghof, in Hitler's Berlin residence and in the Berlin bunker. Speer commented:
Eva Braun was allowed to be present during visits from old party associates. She was banished as soon as other dignitaries of the Reich, such as cabinet ministers, appeared at the table ... Hitler obviously regarded her as socially acceptable only within strict limits. Sometimes I kept her company in her exile, a room next to Hitler's bedroom. She was so intimidated that she did not dare leave the house for a walk. Out of sympathy for her predicament I soon began to feel a liking for this unhappy woman, who was so deeply attached to Hitler.
By early April 1945 Braun had driven to Berlin from Munich to be with Hitler at the Führerbunker. She refused to leave as the Red Army closed in, insisting she was one of the only people loyal to him left in the world. Hitler and Braun were married on April 29, 1945 during a brief civil ceremony witnessed by Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann; the bride wore a blue silk dress.
With her marriage her legal name changed to Eva Hitler. When Eva signed her marriage certificate, she first wrote her family name Braun, then lined this out and replaced it with Hitler. Moreover, although bunker personnel were instructed to call her Frau Hitler, Adolf Hitler himself continued to call Eva Fräulein Braun.
There was gossip among the Führerbunker staff that Eva was carrying Hitler's child, but there has never been any evidence to support this claim. Braun and Hitler committed suicide together on the 30th, by swallowing a cyanide capsule. She was 33. Their corpses were burned with gasoline in the Reich Chancellery garden.
Above was a composite quote from the following:
Fun times at the mansion.
Note: The laughing woman on the right has been identified as Maria "Mitzi" Reiter, one of Hitler's early romantic interests. (Thanks to Ingsoc for pointing this out)
Last edited by George Eller; 07-07-2006 at 07:20 PM.
Great job, as always, dear George!
Thanks a lot!
-Originally Posted by Lancer44
And thank you for initiating so many interesting topics for these threads.
But you did see her without the cosmetic? There can be they approach to each other.Originally Posted by Lancer44
"I decide who is a Jew and who is an Aryan "- Hermann Goering
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