The Sound of Europe
Salzburg, 27.-28. Jan 2006

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Europa in Sicht

Speeches and

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bullet European Soundscape
bullet Europe is Real
bullet Gedankenlandschaft
bullet Leading Opinions


bullet Threshold to the Kingdom
bullet 27. Januar 1945
bullet This is your Victory
bullet Faces of Europe
bullet Strength and Opportunities
bullet Europe all Weather
bullet Ars Electronica Futurelab


Soundtrack zur Konferenz


"This is your Victory", Remix from "Words that won the War"

By Martin Landquist and Stryngford Syntagma.

Dieses Projekt führt uns zurück in die Anfänge der Europäischen Vereinigung. Die erste Sequenz beginnt mit Auszügen aus einer Rede von Winston Churchill, die am 22. Juni 1941 über BBC-Radio ausgestrahlt wurde. In dieser Rede versucht Churchill zu überzeugen, dass nur ein gemeinsames Vorgehen gegen Hitler helfen kann.

In der zweiten Sequenz hören wir Ausschnitte aus der Rede im House of Commons, in der Churchill am 8. Mai 1945 das Ende des Krieges in Europa verkündet: "Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight to-night (Tuesday, May 8), but in the interests of saving lives the "Cease fire" began yesterday to be sounded all along the front ..." und etwas später hören wir "This is your victory ... das Churchill in einer spontanen Rede am gleichen Tag der Menge vom Balkon des Ministry of Health zurief.

Die dritte Sequenz bezieht sich auf die Schuman Declaration vom 9.Mai 1955 und damit auf die "Geburtsstunde" der Europäischen Union. In dieser Sequenz werden überdimensionale Faksimile von wichtigen Dokumenten dieser ersten Jahre des neuen Europas auf allen Screens eingeblendet. Am Ende sehen wir vor uns aufgeschlagen das dicke Buch mit dem Vertrag zur Gründung der EWG .

Excerpt of Churchill speech on BBC radio from 22 June 1941:

"... Hitler is a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder. Not content with having all Europe under his heel or else terrorized into various forms of abject submission, he must now carry his work of butchery and desolation among the vast multitudes of Russia and of Asia. The terrible military machine which we and the rest of the civilized world so foolishly, so supinely, so insensately allowed the Nazi gangsters to build up year by year from almost nothing-this machine cannot stand idle, lest it rust or fall to pieces. It must be in continual motion, grinding up human lives and trampling down the homes and the rights of hundreds of millions of men. Moreover, it must be fed not only with flesh but with oil. So now this bloodthirsty guttersnipe must launch his mechanized armies upon new fields of slaughter, pillage and devastation.
The Nazi regime is indistinguishable from the worst features of Communism. It is devoid of all theme and principle except appetite and racial domination. It excels in all forms of human wickedness, in the efficiency of its cruelty and ferocious aggression. No one has been a more consistent opponent of Communism than I have for the last twenty-five years. I will unsay no words that I've spoken about it. But all this fades away before the spectacle which is now unfolding. ..."

he ended this speech with:

"...Let us learn the lessons already taught by such cruel experience. Let us redouble our exertions and strike with united strength while life and power remain.“

Excerpt of Churchill speech at the House of Commons from 8 May 1945:

"...Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight to-night (Tuesday, May 8), but in the interests of saving lives the "Cease fire" began yesterday to be sounded all along the front, ..."

Excerpt of Churchill speech on the balcony of the  Ministry of Health from 8 May 1945:

"...This is your victory! It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land. In all our long history we have never seen a greater day than this. ..."


Die Aufnahmen von Churchill und die Musik kommen von dem CD-Projekt "WORDS THAT WON THE WAR" von der schwedischen Künstlergruppe STRYNFORD SYNTAGMA.

The CD album “WORDS THAT WON THE WAR”, consists of recordings of some of the most famous speeches during World War II (by Chamberlain, Churchill, de Gaulle and Roosevelt) with a background of newly composed music. The original intention with this album was to make an album that could be used as an educational tool for making teenagers interested in history and the spoken word. It has proved to work!


Listen into "WORDS THAT WON THE WAR" by Stryngford Syntagma


Full transcript of the speech from 22 June 1941:
Full transcript of the speech from 8 May 1945:
Audio recording from "This is your victory":

The Schuman Declaration and the Documents:
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in English: