1948 Peace Concert

The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble gives a concert
in the Heinz-Steyer Stadium, Dresden, Germany,
9th of September, 1948.

Listen to Nikitin singing “Heidenröslein” in German at this 1948 concert.

Watch the Peace Concert Video

15 comments on “1948 Peace Concert

  1. […] when Nikitin made the live recording of Heidenröslein in German. This is a very rare soundtrack. Dresden concert, […]

  2. Linda says:

    I was moved to see the ruined cathedral in the background, as I guess that was all that remained in the centre.

    My father was saddened when the RAF policy changed in World War II to killing civilians, and towards the end of the war he asked to be transferred from a bomber pilot to a London desk job. All his friends had been killed by then, anyway. I don’t think any RAF pilots were proud of the Dresden action. I understand that most of the Dresden audience in 1948 would have been refugees who were moved in in 1946, as 25,000 Dresden civilians had died in the war. Boris was right to want peace when the war was over.

    • Natasha says:

      Dear Linda,
      I am deeply moved by your remark. I’m very impressed by your fathers courage to remain true to himself when the world was indulging in hatred. It must have been incredibly difficult to keep that level of compassion in in the lunacy of World War II.

      When the Frauenkirche in Dresden was rebuilt, the son of one of the Bomber Pilots made the peace cross (as you probably know): “After the attacks on Dresden, the knowledge of what had really happened in the war never left him. All his life, he was haunted by the memories; he became a pacifist… this seven-metre-tall gilded steel cross is the pinnacle of my career. It was like putting together an extremely complicated puzzle in which the past and the future neatly fit into one another.”


  3. Christiane says:

    Warmest regards form Dresden and thank you so much for these photos!

    The “cathedral” in the background is actually a cigarette plant. Nowadays it’s restored and a place where fairytales are told and performed. What touches me so much, there are many buildings missing between the stadium (which has been renewed because of the female soccer WM). But there are still ruins in Dresden and every time I pass them I swear to do every thing I can to prevent war.

    Love from Dresden


  4. Christiane says:

    I will take these photos and inform you when I’m ready.

  5. Natasha says:

    Thank you very much for the 1948 peace concert gallery and your wonderful blog. To sing and prepare songs in German was such a great commitment to peace from Victor Ivanovich Nikitin – and quite brave at that time. It must have been a light in these dark days.

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