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The Bell

The Bell, written by Martin Simpson and sung by June Tabor, explores the history of Berlin’s famous Olympic bell ringing during the opening ceremony. Its tolling at the 1936 Olympics was supposed to symbolise calling the youth of the world to compete at the Games in peace, but it secretly sounded a darker message of remembrance. Hear how the bell rang out with the Nazi ideology of blood and sacrifice and how it actually was rung to incite vengeance for the deceased of the First World War.

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6 minutes


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Performer June Tabor
Performer Martin Simpson

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