Seventy Years Ago

Lothar Scholz spent 9 years in a prison camp in Siberia

Lothar Scholz spent 9 years in a prison camp in Siberia

Today, seventy years ago, on the 8th of May 1945 WW2 ended in Europe while it continued in Asia and the Pacific until 2nd of September of 1945.  It lasted 6 years and 1 day in total, was the most widespread war in history, involved more then 100 million people from over 30 countries and resulted in estimated 50 to 85 million fatalities.

Five years ago I worked on a multimedia project I ended up calling “SHADOW OF WAR” when I realized how much this war still overshadows even my life. 

My grandfather, who I was very close to, had been a member of the Weapon SS. My father, grew up in Frankfurt during the war, while the city was heavily bombed by Allied Forces. 

At the beginning of 2010 I set out to talk to people who had lived through the war and were willing to share their stories with me. “SHADOW OF WAR” multimedia show was exhibited in New York from November 23rd, 2010 to January 20th, 2011 and contains some heart-wrenching stories, told by the people who had experienced them.

Please check out the project website: http://theshadowofwar.com

I will never forget and be forever thankful to those old men and women, who opened their homes and hearts to me, while I was working on the project. Many of them have died since then but my hope is that their stories will live on and give their suffering some sort of meaning by reminding us to never ever let something like that war happen again!

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War, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh
War huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y'all
War, huh good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

                                                                                          -Edwin Starr