Testimonies

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Far Away (Tamo daleko)

Author:
Djordje Marinkovic. Chilean adaptation of traditional Serbian song, originally composed in 1916.
Testimony by:
Eduardo Ojeda
« At Compingin Camp on the island, Mario started telling us about the lyrics in Spanish of the Yugoslav song called 'Tamo daleko'. The song was not Croatian: it was Serbian. It brought back many memories to the Yugoslav emigrants. This song was sung in the Río Chico camp on Dawson Island, which was an enormous, Nazi-style camp. »
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Published on: 16 October 2015


Fifth Symphony

Author:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Testimony by:
anonymous
Place & date:
« I like all of classical music, particularly Beethoven and Mozart. I listen to it all day on Radio Esperanza, on the bus I drive. The passengers like it. But listening to classical music reminds of what happened in prison and it has the effect of a short circuit on me. »
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Published on: 13 January 2018


Filistoque's Cueca (Cueca del Filistoque)

Author:
Víctor Canto Fuenzalida (lyrics), Efraín Navarro (music)
Testimony by:
Víctor Canto Fuenzalida
Place & date:
« Filistoque is a real-life person in all his considerable height (1.90 metres tall). I remember him always laughing. In Chacabuco, we shared a house for nearly ten months. Around him you were never allowed to become depressed or get into a stew over our situation. »
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Published on: 15 December 2014


For the Guy Who's Leaving (P'al que se va)

Author:
Alfredo Zitarrosa
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November – April 1974
« Marcelo Concha Bascuñán, member of Los de Chacabuco music group, was a young man of great charisma and personal skills. He had been a swimming champion, and was an outstanding guitarist and singer. »
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Published on: 12 January 2015


Free (Libre)

Author:
Nino Bravo
Testimony by:
anónimo
Place & date:
« While waiting in the grandstands to be interrogated for the first, second or more times, we would sing "Free" to those who were being lined up to be released. "Free" was a catharsis, a mixture of joy for those who were going and hope for those of us left behind. »
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Published on: 13 January 2015


Free (Libre)

Author:
Nino Bravo
Testimony by:
Guillermo Orrego Valdebenito
« This song was performed in the Stadium grandstands by a worker from Madeco: Peineta Vasquez, winner of a Song Festival that was organised at grassroots level, during the times when we were allowed to leave the spaces under the grandstands, inside the stadium,  to sunbathe, together with women from various countries before they got sent off to the pool area. »
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Published on: 15 January 2015


Free (Libre)

Author:
Nino Bravo
Testimony by:
Paicavi Painemal
Place & date:
« I’m from Chol Chol form the Coihue community. I was arrested along with twelve other people and they took us to the Second Police Station of Temuco. I was 30 years old. It was a week before I was due to get married. »
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Published on: 22 November 2017


Free (Libre)

Author:
Nino Bravo
Testimony by:
Marianella Ubilla
« I was taken prisoner on November 23, 1973, at the University of Concepción. In the Regional Stadium of Concepción we had to sing the National Anthem every day. They’d always play military march music. I think they did that to show that they were the bosses. »
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Published on: 13 July 2015


Friend (Amiga)

Author:
Miguel Bosé
Testimony by:
Carolina Videla
Place & date:
« When they arrested me I was 19 years old. I was one of the youngest political prisoners of the time in Arica. »
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Published on: 26 September 2018


From the Poplars I have Come, Mother (De los álamos vengo, madre)

Author:
Juan Vásquez
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November 1973 - February 1974
« Los de Chacabuco, a group created and directed by Ángel Parra, performed this traditional Spanish song at the Chacabuco concentration camp. »
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Published on: 31 December 2014