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Fasia Jansen

6. our march is a good thing (& Dieter Süverkrüp) - 7. burnt earth in Germany

Fasia - beloved rebel' (book title)

In 1960, the Easter March movement began in Germany with a march from Hamburg to the Bergen-Hohne rocket training area. One year later, 20,000 people were already on the streets in several federal states. In 1963, demonstrators in all federal states responded to the Easter March appeal, which spoke of a "meaningless and disproportionate arms policy in East and West", preventing "peaceful cooperation between peoples". In 1964 there were 100,000 participants. Among the public supporters of the Easter March movement were celebrities such as Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rolf Hochhuth, Erich Kästner and Martin Niemöller.

The people marched on the streets with songs against the bomb. The texts were published in four songbooks between 1961 and 1966 under the title 'Lieder gegen die Bombe'. Besides Hüsch's 'Gesängen gegen die Bombe' the first 'Ostersongs 62/63' were released in 1963 as a record for pläne - with Gerd Semmer, Dieter Süverkrüp, Fasia Jansen and the 4 Conrads. The song Unser Marsch ist eine gute Sache, written by Hannes Stütz and sung here together by Fasia Jansen and Dieter Süverkrüp, became the anthem of the opponents of nuclear weapons in Germany.

Besides Hüsch and Süverkrüp, Fasia Jansen was one of the most famous faces during the Easter marches. Born in 1929, the daughter of a black African consul and a white Hamburg maid, she was forced to work in the kitchen of the satellite camp of Neuengamme concentration camp at the age of 15, where she experienced terrible situations. From this time she suffered from a heart disease, which finally caused her to die in 1997. Fasia Jansen's experiences during the Nazi period shaped her for the rest of her life. Already in the 50's she wrote her first political songs - songs which were mostly meant for a concrete occasion, for a demonstration, for a strike or for a rally, less for a concert performance. Fasia Jansen was particularly interested in the struggle for peace - from the Easter marches of the early 1960s to the peace movement of the late 1970s. She sang against the Vietnam War, against the emergency laws and to support the workers, not only in the Ruhr area, where she lived in Oberhausen. In the mid-1980s she also stood up alongside the British miners' wives against the destruction of thousands of jobs. A fight that was lost after almost a year. For Fasia Jansen, however, this was no reason to give up her engagement: "If I were just a singer, I would throw everything away. But so I know - we meet again, because in this and in other struggles political consciousness is formed ..."

Fasia Jansen's song Burnt Earth in Germany also became an important anthem of the Easter March and Peace Movement. It was founded in the mid-1960s in the wake of protests against the planned construction of a nuclear mine belt along the border with the GDR and established Jansen's reputation as a politically committed singer. After her death, the Fasia Jansen Foundation was established to safeguard, process and publish her estate.


Extract from
Various - songwriter in Germany
Vol.2, For whom we sing (3-CD)

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