“El Orador”

Before I was born my mother used to practice El Orador (YouTube audio here): a piece for piano composed by my father. Throughout her pregnancy I happened to be a couple of inches from the piano’s keys, in embryonic state! My mother once told me that while practicing that piece I moved vigorously in her…

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Fratricide

This 78 x 64 cm. framed illustration in my bedroom is a slightly modified copy drawn by my father in 1957 of Gustave Doré’s illustration of the most famous fratricide in Christendom.

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 11

  14 August 1941, midday Plutocracy and the Saxon proletariat—An incredibly stupid bourgeoisie.     There’s nothing astonishing about the fact that Communism had its strongest bastion in Saxony, or that it took us time to win over the Saxon workers to our side. Nor is it astonishing that they are now counted amongst our…

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C. T. (1925-2015)

C.T. Sr., my father, died tonight at ninety.   My father in Madrid, Spain with Father Martínez, a teacher of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, a music college (ca. 1949-1950).   My father with Queen Elizabeth (1975). This is a low-quality photo because it has been scanned from a newspaper.   Hazme llorar (literally, “Make me…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 12

  2nd August 1941, evening National Socialism not for export.     It’s important that we should shape Germany in such a way that whoever comes to visit us may be cured of his prejudices concerning us. I don’t want to force National Socialism on anybody. If I’m told that some countries want to remain…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 13

  From 9th to 11nth August 1941 Organisation of the Eastern Territories—Europe, a racial entity—The Swiss Innkeeper—Battles of attrition—Britain the ideal ally vs. the United States.   What India was for England, the territories of Russia will be for us. If only I could make the German people understand what this space means for our…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 14

  Night of 19th-20th August 1941 The virtues of war—Ten to fifteen million more Germans—War and human fecundity.     For the good of the German people, we must wish for a war every fifteen or twenty years. An army whose sole purpose is to preserve peace leads only to playing at soldiers—compare Sweden and…

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