In the main I agree absolutely with you.
One of the reasons I wanted to make 'An Enemy of the
People' is precisely that I think in a way my father's
experience was actually a sort of 'everyman'
experience .( in fact he was originally sentenced to
20 years but was amnestied in '41 when Hitler turned
What I don't share is your fatalism.
I believe we can and must learn from the past.
Not only do I think the piece about my Dad is relevant
to the question of unjust imprisonment today whether
it be in Guantanamo Bay or Beijing, I also think it's
relevant to the witch hunt against asylum seekers
going on in the UK currently.
When my father came to Britain as a refugee he was
welcomed with open arms ( as cheap labour I suspect)-
today the Sun calls Poles and Slovaks- 'The White
Trash of Europe'
That's why I took time off doing arty type things a
couple of weeks back to march for asylum seekers
rights ( 'they're welcome here!'- that's my kind of
slogan) and likewise on a number of occasions
recently to protest US and British imperialism im
I remain optimistic that it is worth struggling for a
world where one day these sorts of things will seem
like a bad dream.
Having said that- what do you think of the piece?
--- Ivan Pope <email@example.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Szpakowski
> 'An Enemy of the People'
> Arrested on a trumped up charge in 1939 by Joseph
> Stalin's secret police the NKVD, Lukasz Szpakowski
> spent the next two years as a slave labourer in the
> giant Russian system of penal camps, the Gulag.
> Two years ago, aged 87, he was interviewed at
> length by his son, the UK composer and net artist
> Michael Szpakowski.
> Ivan sez:
> Only two years, he was lucky.
> The US governmet has started placing people in its
> own gulag. Recently a US citizen was seized off a
> plane and condemned by the President and all his
> henchmen as a terrorist. Handed over to the US army,
> this individual has disappeared into an army camp.
> The people and the courts, fearful for all sorts of
> reasons, refuse to condemn this action or other
> similar actions How many years these people will
> spend in the US gulag, who knows. Hopefully, when
> they are 87 they will be interviewed by their own
> children and art will be made about their
> experiences. We won't learn from it, of course, as
> we never can.
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