The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (136): The saddest day

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (136): The saddest day


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2020

It’s the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar, a day of historic disasters.



  • José Bergher says:

    Thank you, Mr. Lebrecht, for this beautiful tribute to the partisans.

  • E says:

    The photos are an astonishing testimony.

    Thank you for finding and posting all of this.

  • Jerome Hoberman says:

    I don’t understand this post. There are two Holocaust memorial days on the calendar: the international (UN-sponsored) one on 27th January, and the Jewish one (“Yom haSho’ah”) on the 27th of Nissan (was 20-21 April this year). Tish’a b’Av is a religious commemoration, primarily of the two destructions of Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE, and the subsequent exiles. Anything else is an add-on, however appropriate and meaningful.

    • R. Brite says:

      I would also be interested in knowing what the link is between Tisha b’Av and the partisans. In any case, thanks for the beautiful selections. Cohen’s adaptation of Anna Marly’s La complainte du partisan has haunted me most of my life.

  • France says:

    זייער טרויעריג

  • Henry williams says:

    Very moving