Sunday, December 19, 2010

Red Poppies/Rote Mohn

No, I'm not blogging about Remembrance Day. I'm looking into the world my dad was in as a young fellow. I know he loved to dance so I'm checking out some of the big singers that he would have heard during the war over in Germany. I've discovered Rosita Serrano. One of her big hits was called "Roter Mohn" (or red poppy) - which is a tango. By coincidence - I have an oil painting of red poppies done by him - in my living room. So, the writer in me is imagining all sorts of things!

Rosita Serrano is an interesting figure. She was born in Chile and entered the German scene in 1936 where she was nicknamed the Chilean Nightingale. But in 1943 she supported some Jewish refugees in Sweden and the Nazis blacklisted her. Her career never recovered and she died in extreme poverty in Chile in 1997.

Still, thanks to our amazing technology, her music lives on.


4 comments:

Barrie said...

Gabe, you always find the most interesting bits of info.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

What a fascinating person she sounds. That's a story worth exploring!

Barrie said...

Happy New Year, Gabe!!

Gabriele Goldstone said...

Thanks, Barrie - Happy New 2011 to you, too.

And thank you, Mrs. Seraphina for the visit.