A New Lidice

2019      SSAA choir, string trio       duration: 7 minutes

A New Lidice is the third piece composed commemorating the story of Lidice near Prague, a charming Czech village that was brutally destroyed by the Gestapo in 1942. LIDICE REMEMBERED expressed the dark brutality of the atrocity, while RAINBOW RISING celebrated the power of hope symbolized by the beautiful memorial rose garden there.

On June 10, 1942, all the village men were shot, the children taken away to orphanages or gas chambers, the women sent to concentration camps, and the entire village was razed. After the war, concerned British citizens led by Sir Barnett Stross convinced the world that the village should be rebuilt. The women of Lidice were able to return and were given beautiful new Czech-style homes in a planned village next to the Memorial Gardens. Lyrics are taken in part from a stirring Stross speech, but the voices are those of the women who bravely rebuilt their community.

Lyrics:

We build a new village, while a just world watches.

Stavíme novou vesnici. Spravedlivý svêt bude sledovat.

Lidice belongs to the world of all who suffered.

Mankind has one common enemy – War.

Only a realization of our common humanity

can save mankind.

The just world will watch.