Saturday, October 27, 2007

Inscription of Hope ~ The Year Was 1943

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Quoting from a Russian Folk Tune, composer Dr. Z. Randall Stroope arranged a stunning choral and instrumental piece for the Nebraska Choral Arts Society and Children's Chorus called "Inscription of Hope." Based on fragments of Jewish text found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany during the Holocaust in World War II, it is believed to have been scrawled by a child hiding from the Nazis.

Although the rendition you hear at this link is performed with adult voicing, Inscription of Hope is pure magic when sung by children. I have conducted this piece for children's choir and can testify to that.

Imagine the circumstances that led to such an epitaph. Here are the lyrics to Stroope's Inscription of Hope.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining.
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there.
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.

But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter
to know someone's there
But a voice rises within me saying
'hold on my child'
I'll give you strength, I'll give you hope
Just stay a little while

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
There is always a way

May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace.




There is similar suffering all over the world today in varying forms of atrocity. Perhaps when we no longer need monies to buy bombs and fuel tanks we can feed all the hungry children.

Note: The photo above is one of the most famous Holocaust picturesd ever taken. Taken April-May, 1943 during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Photo US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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Parts of this post were reprinted from November, 2006. A magical time it was....

1 comment:

Liara Covert said...

That black & white photo is timeless. Silence speaks volumes. To encourage peaceful thinking and acting is very meaningful. great to encouage it you way.

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