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New video: 40 years on, Springsteen pays homage to murdered Chilean singer

The memory of Victor Jara, tortured and murdered by the Pinochet regime after the 1973 coup, stains the world’s conscience.

At a concert in Chile this week, Bruce Springsteen added his voice to the tributes:

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  1. Theodore McGuiver says:

    There’s a very moving film of Jara’s English (Welsh?) wife, Joan Turner Jara in the Museum of Collective Memory in Santiago de Chile talking about his final days before dying at the hands of Pinochet’s henchmen, not even a week into the dictatorship. Dreadful.

  2. Basia Jaworski says:

    Thanks, Norman. Very touching.
    It’s because of Jara (and a few others) I strated to learn Spanish.
    @Theodore – where can I find the movie?

  3. Mark Barrett says:

    Theodore and all: – I think this may be the one: in any event it is so moving to hear and see the emotions conjured by Joan Turner’s and the others’ painful recollection – and thank you Norman for the reminder.

    • Theodore McGuiver says:

      A very moving film, but not the one I saw. Joan Turner was still a young woman when the film I saw was made. Maybe there are details on the museum’s site.I’ll have a look.

  4. Thank you for this posting. And let us never forget: music is dangerous, for it is beautiful and reminds us of our common humanity. This is why they cut off his hands. Let us never forget.

  5. Theodore McGuiver says:

    I’ve found it. Made in 1974 in London, it seems:

    http://www.bibliotecamuseodelamemoria.cl/gsdl/cgi-bin/library.cgi?e=q-11000-00—off-0busqueda-afichesy%2cfotograf%2ctextosym%2cvideos%2caudio%2cobjetosm-01-1—-0-10-0—0—0direct-10-MI–4——-0-1l–11-es-Zz-1—20-home-victor+jara–00-3-1-00-0-0-11-0-0utfZz-8-00&a=d&c=videos&srp=0&srn=0&cl=search&d=HASHf0a8354a07991bdf6f9e88

    If the link doesn’t work, go to the museum’s online library and search for Victor Jara. Scroll down and it’ll be at the foot of the first page of results.

    (Museo de la memoria y de los derechos humanos, Santiago de Chile).

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