Antonia Bruja’s song in Mauthausen

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On the 8th of may, the Feminist caravan was in Mauthausen Concentration Camp (find more information about this event here).

Feminists from Vienna played this song from a poem of Antonia Bruja, as a great memory of her and women resistance.20150509_115908

Antonia Bruja was an inmate in prison before going to Ravensbrück women concentration camp. She wrote this poem in a wooden table in her cell with her nail.

 

Antonia Bruja poem

Slowly the heavy hours drop into the empty well of eternity.

Daily you ask yourself when have I bettered, daily you are waiting for a new time to come.

The sun draws shade in the cell from the grid that constricts your mind.

Is there anything worse than the waiting when everything in you urges for life?!

Is there anything worse than the waiting when everything in you urges for life.

(Melody hummed.)

Sometimes you stare on the heavy doors and then you feel indescribable anxious.

It is as if you could hear the chains chink with whom your life and sole is trembled.

You think you cannot lose anything but you can win a lot.

You have to deflect every punch in life when you don’t want to live as a slave.

You have to deflect every punch in life when you don’t want to live as a slave.

(Melody hummed.) …

You have to resist (singing in English).

You have to deflect every punch in life when you don’t want to live as a slave.

 Translation from german by Linda

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