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The Ballad of Mauthausen

Doug with guitar in woods
stairs of death at Mauthausen
stairs of death - contemporary photo
Paul Lipman handing cigarette to liberated Ebensee prisoner

A Holocaust Program of Stories and Songs

by Doug Lipman

In 1945, U.S. soldiers liberated the complex of concentration camps near Mauthausen, Austria. Doug Lipman's father was among them.

Twenty years later, a Greek partisan who had been an inmate at Mauthausen wrote a series of 4 brief poems about his experiences there, and Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis set them to music as "The Ballad of Mauthausen."

Now, Doug sings his translation of the song cycle (accompanying himself with 12-string guitar) and tells uplifting stories from the lives of Holocaust survivors as described in Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust. This program embodies the reactions we have to tragedy, from grief to anger to despair - and finally to hope.

"Lipman is among those undertaking...to bring storytelling into the present." - Christian Science Monitor

"A rock-steady presence...finding eager eyes and ears." - Washington Post

"To hear Doug Lipman tell stories is to want to learn to tell stories yourself." - Boston Globe

Age: High School through Adult (Jr. High by special arrangement)

Past Performances include:

  • Penn State Harrisburg: April 5, 2007
  • Teaching the Holocaust conference, Oklahoma City: March 31, 2007
  • Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City: April 15, 2007
  • Southern Hills Christian Church, Edmond, OK (Ash Wednesday service)
  • Temple B'nai Israel, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oklahoma University Hillel, Norman, OK
  • Millwood High School, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Hefner Mansions, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Edmond Mansions, Edmond, OK
  • Brink Junior High, Moore, OK
  • Moore West Junior High, Moore, OK
  • Oklahoma City Community College

Because the stories in it all have an element of hope and redemption, Dr. Yaffa Eliach's Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust is the first book Doug was able to read about the Holocaust.

In 1969, Doug was introduced by Dr. Evangelos Afendras to the "Ballad of Mauthausen", a cycle of four songs by famed Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. The song cycle is based on four poems written by Greek playwright Iakovos Kambanellis twenty years after his release from internment in the camp at Mauthausen.

For more information of any kind, please use Doug's contact form.


Photos (clockwise from upper left):

  1. Doug Lipman; photo by Pam McGrath, 2007.
  2. Russian honor guard at the "Stairs of Death" at Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Mauthausen, Austria, after liberation of the camp; photo from Austrian National Photo Archive.
  3. Sergeant Paul Lipman hands cigarette to newly liberated Ebensee Concentration Camp inmate, May, 1945; photo by unknown US soldier.
  4. Stairs of Death in Mauthausen; photo by Globetrott, 2005.

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