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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2006 10:49 am
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A Cold Wind blows as a Pool of Light rises on a bleak plain in Eastern Europe

In the far distance, a Choir of Children sings "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night)

The Mother slowly enters, a shawl covering her head Madonna-like, holding her tiny Child, swathed in an old blanket

She is followed by the Man, who carries a rifle

She stops, turns and looks at him

Man : Turn around.

Mother : Please ...

Man : Turn around.

Mother : Please ...

Man : Look away ! Turn around !

Mother : ... not the child

Man : Turn around !

She turns and looks upstage, her body hunched to protect her Child

The Man raises his rifle

Silence

The Mother sways slightly, softly moans a lullaby

We hear a Voice from the Sky

VOICE : The highest freedom comes from obedience. Obedience which is prepared to render each and every sacrifice to pride, to external honour and to all that is dear to us personally. We have the moral right, we have a duty to our people. We must destroy this people who want to destroy us. We must fulfill this most difficult duty for the love of our people. I say to you in the name of that love, that our spirit, our soul, our character will not suffer injury from it.

Man : (to himself) ... forgive me ...

He fires. Mother and Child crumple to the ground

Fade to Black

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2006 01:59 pm
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Paul.

Very powerful piece.  I know what picture got you. 

I heard a little girl...as the voice.

Scary one minute.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2006 02:14 pm
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The Voice, in fact, is Heinrich Himmler addressing the SS in 1943

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2006 02:37 pm
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Thought it was something like that.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2006 02:53 pm
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paul, amazing. thank you. frightening sometimes how words said millennia ago can continue having pertinent application to today's world.

i also recognize the photos which spurred this. i considered them, but you went a very different direction than i would have. thank you for doing it.

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it has an immense power in its simplicity.
It is the sort of thing that will stick in the back of the mind for a long while after reading

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