Welcome to my blog. I’ve decided to eschew more public utterances on social networking sites, whose design and ownership function within what may be called “a grey zone”. So here, in my little potentate, you may read my blatherings and rantings on various topics. I often blog about food, because I love cooking and sharing recipes. I will write reviews about every concert I attend, mostly because I like to articulate an opinion. I will write about my interests in cultural matters – aesthetic issues, notions of national identity, etc. I will write about personal history and some family background, from time to time. I’ll try to stay largely jargon-free, but I can’t promise that this will always be the case. But please feel free to subscribe and comment at will – even if you disagree (or especially if you disagree!), it’s fun to engage in a discussion on all range of matters. Caveat: No countenance will be given to expressions of sexism, racism, gender-identity hatred, religious bigotry. If you want to express such feelings, there’s a great big internet out there and I’m sure some site will have you. Just not me.

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  1. The character of Brundibar in children’s opera is just organ gridder or has anyother symolic meaning?

    • joseph

      Hi Keumju. According to my survivor friend Jerry Rind (now sadly no longer with us) who helped build the original set in the Terezín production in 1943, the organ grinder was strongly linked to the Austro-Hungarian veterans of WWI who were wounded in action. Because of their injuries, they they could no longer work in physical jobs, so after returning from the war, they were often licensed to be town organ-grinders. Jerry saw the character of Brundibár in a sympathetic light in this way, because he was defending “his turf” and his only means of earning.

  2. Steve and Rita Emerson

    Saw you on pbs news hour and want to reconnect with your family.
    Manny years ago we spend a wonderful time with your parents and sister, and spent a great weekend at their blue mountain retreat, but have lost touch.
    Penelope and Lawrence spoke lovingly to us about you many times
    Our paths may have crossed as we are the founders of stand with us Emerson fellows and helped restarted stand with us Australia in Melbourne. Our mission is to fight BDS and Jew hatred world wide.

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