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Last Speech of Howard Zinn

The following is a part of the last speech of Howard Zinn in Nov. 2009. A radical historian and peace activist, Howard Zinn, died on Jan. 27, 2010 at the age of 87. He started a movement to stop the Vietnam War. One of his books: “People’s History of the United States” (sold more than a million copies) has changed the peoples’ way of looking at the human history, not only that of the United States. Anyway. Here is his last words:

“We should look for a peace movement to join. Really, look for some peace organization to join. It will look small at first, and pitiful and helpless, but that’s how movements start. That’s how the movement against the Vietnam War started. It started with handfuls of people who thought they were helpless, thought they were powerless. But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they (people on the top) have no power. When workers go on strike, huge corporations lose their power. When consumers boycott, huge business establishments have to give in. When soldiers refuse to fight, as so many soldiers did in Vietnam, so many deserters, so many flagging acts of violence by enlisted men against officers in Vietnam, B-52 pilots refusing to fly bombing missions anymore, war can’t go on. When enough soldiers refuse, the government has to decide we can’t continue. So, yes, people have the power. If they begin to organize, if they protest, if they create a strong enough movement, they can change things. That’s all I want to say. Thank you.”

Eiichiro Ochiai, Chair, VSA9


Upcoming Film Screening "The Sirota Family and the 20th Century"

The English version of this announcement follows the Japanese version.


• 2008年第7回キエフ国際ドキュメンタリー映画祭

今回藤原智子監督のご協力 の基に当映画をカナダで初公開 する機会を得ましたので皆さんふるってご参加下さい。

日本語版: 1月30日(土)1時半(上映開始)
英語版: 同日     3時半

Peace Philosophy Centre (乗松聡子 宅 - バンクーバー市中心部です。参加者に詳しい行き方を案内します。)

要予約:人数に制限がありますのでお早めにご連絡下さい。1月27日までに まで。電話は 604-619-5627

入場料:寄付による入場(目安は5ドル) お茶を出します。スナック差し入れ歓迎。



この映画はウクライナに生まれた芸術家の一族、シロタ家の人々の心打つ20世紀の実話を描いたもの。レオ・シロタの娘、ベアテとレオの弟の孫娘、アリーヌと共に、世界諸々の地,即ち、母国ウクライナ,ウイーン,東京、ワルシャワ、パリ、アメリカ等点々と移住 していくレオと彼 の兄弟の生涯をたどる。レオは当時世界でも指折りのピアニストで日本には結局20年近くも住む事になる。その間日本で優秀な音楽家を数多く育て上げる。此のシロタ家の悲劇は正に20世紀歴史の縮図のようにも見える。


『すぐれたドキュメンタリー映画の監督藤原智子さんは、此の 「シロタ家の20世紀」をつくることによって、再び彼女の勇気とそして平和への貢献を表現されました。この映画は第2次大戦中のヨーロッパでユダヤ人の一家族のたどった運命を描いています。国から国への移動,愛と悲しみ、そして戦死と収容所の事などを。此の家族の一員であり、日本に17年以上も住んでいたピアニスト、レオ・シロタ、その娘として,この映画を観た方々が、ここから歴史や戦争の悲劇さを学ぶとともに、いつまでも平和な未来がつずくように努力してくださることを私は願っています。』

日本憲法,特に戦争放棄を誓う第9条の擁護者であるシロタ女史は其の憲法を『模範憲法であり、又憲法真の著者は歴史の英知だ』と、表現している。この映画の終わり近い画面にはスペイン、テルデの平和広場に飾られた日本憲法9条の銘版が出場。市長は 『9条は世界の希望だ』と、云う。 正にこれは藤原監督自身が此の作品を単なるユダヤ系家族のルーツを辿るだけでなく、日本の平和憲法を守るためのメッセージも含めた作品を製作 したことが 良く理解できる。



"The Sirota family and the 20th Century"

• 93 minute / a colour documentary film
• Directed by Tomoko Fujiwara
• Produced by The Leo Sirota Production Committee and Nippon Eiga Shinsha
• First screened in October, 2008 at Iwanami Hall in Tokyo ; received many great reviews in Japan and France.
• The film won the Jury Award at the Seventh Kiev International Film Festival in 2008.

Please join us at this Canadian premier public showing of the film, made under a special arrangement with its director.

English version: 3:30 PM, January 30 (Sat.)
(Japanese version: 1:30 PM of the same day)

Peace Philosophy Centre (at the home of Satoko
Norimatsu - we will send directions to participants)
Reservation is required as space is limited. RSVP to by January 27. Phone: 604-619-5627

Admission by donation (suggested: $5)

Tea will be served; snack donations are welcome.

This event is sponsored by Vancouver Save Article 9 and Peace Philosophy Centre.

About the film:

This is a moving story of the 20th century about an artistic Jewish family, the Sirota family, originally from Ukraine. Beate Sirota, daughter of an internationally renowned pianist Leo Sirota, and Aline, Leo’s brother’s granddaughter, together trace the lives of Leo and his brothers, who lived in many parts of the world including Ukraine, Vienna, Tokyo, Warsaw, Paris, and the United States. Leo Sirota lived in Japan for almost two decades starting in 1929, and fostered many great Japanese musicians.

The Sirota family's tragic life seems like a miniature history of the 20th century.

Beate Sirota Gordon, who drafted the women's rights clause in the post-war Japanese Constitution, describes this film as follows:

"The remarkable documentary film maker Ms. Tomoko Fujiwara has again demonstrated her courage and her dedication to peace by producing this film. The film describes the fate of a Jewish family in WWII in Europe - their flight from one country to another, their loves and their sorrows, their deaths in battle and concentration camps. As the daughter of one of the family members, the pianist Leo Sirota, who lived in Japan for 17 years, my hope is that the people who see the film will learn about history and horrors of war, and will strive for everlasting peace in the future."

Beate Sirota, an outspoken defender of Article 9, the war-renouncing clause of the Japanese Constitution says, "It is a model constitution. The real creator of the Constitution is the wisdom of history." Towards the end of this film, we are taken to the Peace Square in Telde, Spain, where Article 9 is inscribed on a plaque. The mayor says, “Article 9 is the hope of the world."