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Apr 24

Victims of the Argentine Dictatorship

With my family background of resistance and survival in Nazi Germany, I sometimes forget how many other dictatorships there have been and are, and how many other families resist and survive, or not.  A poignant testimony to the sufferings of the Argentinian people under the dictatorship there comes in a song by Victor Heredia, Ojos de Cielo — Eyes Like the Sky.  He wrote it in memory of his sister who was disappeared by the dictatorship.  We sing it in the La Peña Community Chorus in Berkeley, of which I am a member.  I don’t have a recording of the chorus’ performance, but I did have the good fortune to record a live solo performance by one of the chorus’ directors, Lichi Fuentes, a native of Chile.  Here it is:

 

The recording was made in the hall on the spur of the moment with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 on a tripod with a ball head. The translation in the video is mine.

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