…”oh mamma do not cry… immaculate queen of heaven support me always” The line is from a piece of classical music by Henryk Gorecki… the words are sung in polish… it’s a beautiful but haunting piece of music… so much so that it got me curious about it’s origin. The story behind the this line, as I discovered, was even more haunting. The text was found on a cell wall at the Gestapo’s headquarters in Zadopane… beneath is the signature of Helena Wanda Blazusiakówna, and the words “18 years old, imprisoned since 26 September 1944.”
Gorecki wrote “She does not despair, does not cry, does not scream for revenge. She does not think about herself; whether she deserves her fate or not. Instead, she only thinks about her mother: because it is her mother who will experience true despair. This inscription was something extraordinary.”
As I get older I seem to become less immune to the pain of others… funny that… I thought age was providing me with a crusty intolerant surface. Can you have both?
Anyway… if you’re feeling a bit melancholic and need a shift in perspective, have a listen. The piece will sound very familiar as it has been widely used… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miLV0o4AhE4