The Angel of Chomutov

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For Soprano, French Horn, Harp (or piano), 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Wav file of spoken voice in Czech recorded by actress Edita Brychta, WAV file of church bells in Chomutov.

Commemorating the courage and compassion of an unknown young Czech woman who risked, probably gave, her life to give my father bread when, aged 14, together with his brother, he was on a death march from Buchenwald, having crossed the mountains from Germany into the Czech Sudetenland.

A German guard smashed the butt of his rifle on her head as she was running back out of the line of prisoners, and she fell.

The work includes text from the Catholic prayer: "Hail Mary!" in the Czech language.