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ISBN 978-3-95631-821-4
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320 g
21 x 14,8 cm
Erscheinungsdatum: 30.03.2021

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‘Führer Command, We Follow You ...’

A Musician's Account of Growing Up Under Hitler's Dictatorship

von  Hans Erik Deckert

The silence of a complete generation with regard to the events during the Hitler-period is an unbelievable tragic. It is related to the horrible awakening after WWII, that a gigantic fraud had not been recognised early enough, and that one was part of the population that had been put into a coma by a maniac and the executors of his will.

However, 1945 was also characterized by the liberating feeling of joy to restart from the ruins of what had adorned itself with the attribute of predicate of pride entitled “A Population, An Empire, A Führer”.

The author was 18 years old when all that haunting was over. He will never forget the experiences he made during that time. Today, more than 7 decades after the doom it has become a desire of the author’s heart to deliver a testimony of that time. The Hitler-Demon still wanders like a ghost in every corner of the world nowadays, would it be through bogeyman or rape of the human existence. Paralysation of the human spirit, our ‘divine spark’, progresses continuously. The current Hitler-Demon aggressively lurks everywhere, last but not least in the virtual world extinguishing all reality. Only by recognising the Socratic ‘The True, The Beauty, The Good’ that accompanies people on a daily basis is giving us hope for our future existence.
Hans Erik Deckert (b. 1927 in Hamburg/Germany), son of a Danish mother and a German father, grew up in Germany as a scholar of Musisches Gymnasium in Frankfurt/Main and moved to Denmark shortly after the WW II, in order to study cello and conducting in Copenhagen. His career in these fields, and more generally as a passionate animator of chamber music, has developed from posts held at academies in Germany, Denmark and Sweden to his present freelance activity throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America. Hans Erik Deckert‘s roots in the German musical tradition have given him a depth of musicianship much in demand at solo and chamber masterclasses and seminars, which is mixed with a concern for the wider social responsibility of music, stemming from his Scandinavian environment. Also, Deckert‘s encounter with the phenomenology-based thinking of Sergiu Celibidache has been of particular importance for his increasing activity as lecturer and writer on many problematical aspects of our present musical life. Deckert’s major concern is the conscious awareness of processes within music to be an objective reality. A further field of his activity is the project of a ‘community formation on a musical basis’, where social processes occurring within a music playing ensemble can be taken as a template for interactions between human beings, such as occurring within commercial enterprises on a daily basis.

National socialism; Indoctrination; Adolescence; World war II; Music; Populism; Musisches Gymnasium Frankfurt; Kurt Thomas; November 9; Zyklon B; Volksgemeinschaft; Lebensborn; Deutsche Christen; Kaiserreich; Wilhelm II; World War I; Versailles peace treaty; Alfred Rosenberg; Heinrich Himmler; Adolf Hitler