Daniel Zylbersztajn – 2015 Selektion

Some of my 2015 Photographs

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Text Selection 2015

Radio Feature DW Jewish Child Refugee  Martin Lubowski links und Frank Auerach mitte mit Kollegin (r) https://dzx2.net/2015/12/23/radio-featureworld-in-progress-jewish-child-refugee/
 die-novemberpogrome-von-1938-gallerypicture-15_620x349 Reichskristallnacht und das Volk. (English Comment) https://dzx2.net/2015/11/09/reichskristallnacht-und-das-volk/
Interview: Die Überlebende: Marina Litvinenko, the survivor


Marina Litwinenko (Litvinenko) (c) All Rights Reserved Daniel Zylbersztajn 2015

Cynthia McDonald im Hintergrund, im Vodergrund Landy Richmond, mit Toechtern waehrend seiner Theraphie https://dzx2.net/2015/06/27/back-to-eden-kult-hairstylist-in-london-the-roots-of-hair-culture/ Back To Eden, London Rastafari Hair Couture from the Roots
World Capital for the Rich

1Hyde Park (15)

(c) All Rights Reserved Daniel Zylbersztajn 2015

Leitkommentar / Leading Comment Juedische Allgemeine https://dzx2.net/2015/06/25/bds-gegen-den-isolierten-boykott-von-israel-against-the-isolated-boycott-of-israel/  israel-flag
Sind heute beide tot. Der in Berlin geborene Hans Freund, und Enkel Jeremiah Duggan (damals 8 Jahre) am Sedertisch (Bild fuer J.A. mit freundl. Genehmigung der Familie)  Der Fall Jeremiah Duggan




Nie Wieder Keine Farbigen https://dzx2.net/2015/05/12/never-again-no-coloureds-nie-wieder-keine-farbigen/

01 Staying Power Anzeige am Black Cultiral Archives in Brixton (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

01 Staying Power Anzeige am Black Cultiral Archives in Brixton (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Modell des Denkmals an die den transatlantischen Sklavenhandel. Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis (c) memorial2007.org.uk

Model of the slavery memorial that was planned for Hyde Park | Modellbüste des Sklavenhandeldenkmals

A Question of Remembering https://dzx2.net/2015/04/16/eine-frage-des-nationalen-gedenkens-und-vergessens-a-question-of-national-memorialisation-and-forgetting/
Remembering Terror 1972 https://dzx2.net/2015/03/09/how-to-remember-the-terrorism-of-1972/




Picture Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre

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(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Schuhe selbst machen https://dzx2.net/2015/01/31/schuhe-selbst-machen-in-moretonhampstead-devon-go-make-your-own-shoes/
 Ai Weiwei in London


Anish Kapoor & Ai Weiwei Selfie auf dem Marsch für Flüchtlinge (8 mile walk for refugees) ! (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn


Claridge’s Brook Penthousesuit, Bett Foto (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn 2015

London: Von Privatbuttler bus zur  Mausefalle  (from private buttler to a mat in a tent.  https://dzx2.net/2015/09/29/von-privatbuttler-bis-mausefalle-taz-hier-mit-bildern/
Frank Auerbach, the old master





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Schild zu Frank Auerbachs Studio(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn




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Quite the country’s Christian tradition, Dave!

When the prime minister of Great Britain states,what religion the country has, you must wonder.  We heard such definitions before from his predecessor and yet he went to a war that reaped long-lasting injustice and chaos.

When Cameron now states that Britain was Christian from the beginning, you must wonder when one starts counting ?  Celts and early Romans were certainly not Christian.

It makes one remember the intensity with which some early colonialists imagined themselves as new keepers of Jerusalem, and talking of which those who sent in part brutal knights for similar causes hundred of years earlier. Or perhaps those who called for the Jews of York to be killed? They surely were all Christian? Or the wars fought and people killed, tormented and tortured during in the struggles of which Christian faith was in deed the correct one? The king and nation serving faith or the Rome serving faith? Once they assured themselves to have the correct version they went to force it upon the parts of the world they occupied and exploited. Stealing with one arm and preaching with the other. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and the gracious King or Queen, long live he or she! Or the token Christianity that thrived on holding the poor of this country in deep misery for centuries?

Secondly him advising to talk about refugees is a bit of shoe polish on a partially rotten shoe. He is not the one who has a proud record on welcoming refugees when compared with all other European neighbouring countries, and then there is his governments appalling record on Calais, his inability and unwillingness to trash the right wing press and parties into the bin of bigots.

In deed, if this was a Christian country, what would Jesus do? And then there is his record on how he treats the poor and sick, his lack of sufficient policy to guard the environment and his selectivity into which causes he steers his lot to save. One wished Britain was a Christian country actually, the kind of deep philosophical, humble way of submitting oneself to do only good, help the poor, sick and needy and share the riches of society for the betterment of all. Token Christianity for the sake of cheap nation building is the tool of politicians who use religion to better their own ends. It has been abused to justify anything from slavery to war to hang people at the gallows of Tyburn and elsewhere. I don’t think the current prime minister fails that tradition.

Perhaps Mr Cameron would care to invite some Syrian refugees, some disabled and poor, some London homeless and impoverished students to his table this Christmas, and perhaps he could make permanent assurances to them and take the lead on what being Christian ought to mean?

Radio Feature:World in Progress: Jewish Child Refugee

Martin Lubowski heute (83 Jahre alt) mit alten Fotos (1)

Martin Lubowski looking at pictures from Bunce Court School. Foto Daniel Zylberstajn (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

A new radio feature on DW Radio English on Jewish child refugees to England.

Child refugees Radio DW

Martin Lubowski links und Frank Auerach mitte mit Kollegin (r)

Martin Lubowski (l) at Bunce Court in the 1940s. Next to him in the middle the young Frank Auerbach who also attended the school. All Rights Reserved, 2015


Brexit sentiments are not “the genuine fears of hard working people!”

Half of Brits, according to latest polls, want to leave the EU. I shall not stay here, when the country crumbles to pieces and human rights get cut the way social services are cut at present. The problem is that both Tories and Labour bent down for too long to populist sensationalist ethnocentric phobia on the excuse that these expressions were “genuine fears of hard working people.” They are not! They are the misguided scapegoating of immigrants and the EU for the sell out of this country and all its inequalities from top down over centuries and decades. Does it hurt too much to point fingers at fine distinguised people just because of their position and because they are also Brits and above all English, or is it an inability to do so, because somehow the state of order here is accepted and people feel it is easier to blame outsiders? That attitude we know has amongst others let to decades of whitewashing of sexual abuse cases. You could not possibly blame the homegrown privileged, could you? But there is hope. Once Britain closes itself off, it will have to find new victims to blame. Perhaps this would induce a closer look at how power is divided here, given not by merit, but mostly by innate or economic advantage.

Islam ≠ Islam! Besuch in der ostlondoner Moschee | Report from East London Mosque

Der Gesamtkomplex der Ostlondoner Moschee (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn 


Zwei Tage verbrachte ich in der Ostlondoner Moschee, der Moschee mit der größten Mitgliedschaft in Großbritannien und hörte zu, wie man sich und den Islam dort im IS Zeitalter definiert.


ENGLISH: I spent two days in the East London Mosque in Whitchapel, which is the mosque with the greatest number of followers in Great Britain, and listened how people see themselves and Islam.



Afraid of the women behind the black veil? A comment on the ECHR judgement regarding the Niqab

When the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgement on the claim of breach of human rights against a Muslim woman in France, affected by the government ban on the wearing of the Niqab, was released, I felt bewildered.  Somehow the court managed to abrogate her claims of human rights violations and argued instead, that the rights of all others were infringed.  Its reasons are even more strange. Read my comment in  Open Democracy

Anti-social subjectivity infringing the principle of ‘Living Together’

http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/daniel-zylbersztajn/antisocial-subjectivity-infringing-principle-of-%E2%80%98living-toget   DEUTSCH Als der Europäische Gerichtshof die Klage einer muslimischen Frau auf Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Lichte des Bannes der Niqab zurückwies und stattdessen entschloss, dass eine Frau die dieses Gewand trägt, die Rechte aller anderen beschränke, musste ich erst mal genauer hinsehen was sie damit meinten. Hier ist meine Antwort in einem Kommentar auf dem politischen E-Zine Open Democracy (Englisch). WER HAT ANGST VOR DER FRAU HINTER DEM SCHWARZEN SCHLEIER Die antisoziale Subjektivität und das Zusammenleben http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/daniel-zylbersztajn/antisocial-subjectivity-infringing-principle-of-%E2%80%98living-toget

The incomplete struggle for self-determination.

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 1998 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freedom was bitterly fought over in South Africa.   It was not just the last episode that most seem to remember about the late Nelson Mandela.  There were assassinations, bombs, murder and much blood shed against the oppressive Apartheid regime of South Africa based on implicit European dominance.  In fact Mandela himself was linked with the armed wing of the ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation).

“Self-management? Not in a 1000 years!”

The South African friend of a family in Kensington where I once worked as a child minder in my student years in 1992 expressed Apartheid best.  The very wealthy man (as was the family whose son I looked after who also came from “Rhodesia” and South Africa)  told me “confidentially” over the kitchen table, how black South Africans needed the Europeans.  “It was their luck to be enslaved, as they would not have the capacity to rule themselves, not in a 1000 years,” he claimed.  “Just look at the rest of Africa,” he stated, as if that was evidence.  The left over of years of colonialism and neo-colonialism and consequent bad political leadership used (not infrequently by many others) as evidence that Africans were after all inferior for tolerating such conditions.

Once Mandela was free, there was no reason why South Africa could not have become another Zimbabwe, by that I do not just mean the total fight of all to do with European legacy, but also the eventual inward self-destruction. Once you win over your enemy the attention frequently goes inwards.  They would have had any right to go down that route. In choosing not to Mandela  in the end abrogated his entitlement to full justice and settling instead for peace.  Of course peace is relative  It is not what Hippies thought of as the flowery union of embracing people, but much rather the absence of overt conflict.  Mandela together with Archbishop Tutu chose not just peace but also truth over justice, through the famous truth and reconciliation commission.

A saint?

It is worth remembering that it was this, along with his endurance in captivity that made him what some called a saint.  Most sympathetically, he was of course most human, as his so public struggle with his Winnie and other family relatives showed amongst others.  And humans die, although he was blessed long many years of healthy and active retirement in which he sought to inspire the world through his story. That too must be remembered, it was not about him, it was also about thanking those who helped South Africa become free  and to inspire anyone to politically engage in the future.  When people put up statues of Mandela, for many the only African politician they know, he resembles a symbol of the fight for freedom and self-determination.  The statutes and words of praise, invitations and speeches later came easier than open support in the years where it was most needed.  That important political players were supporting Apartheid over many decades is however historical fact.

But South Africa is not all free.  Inequality is still an issue in modern South Africa, from industrial and environmental exploitation and continued rich in the face of large poverty to the hate of migrants.  But  neither is the continent of Africa as a whole free.  Above all global economic interests along with extremely bad political leaders who do not lead and who do not distribute whatever resources are yielded to the benefit of all keep many parts in conflict and chains of poverty. Instead of being freed from the European, USSR and American legacies, the continent is now sold also to Chinese interests and borders that were only meant to divide Africa into chunks European powers could distribute amongst them (with some borders continuing to be as straight as the rulers that drew them) continue to be countries.  Development organisations upkeep dependency in many places, doing the jobs that governments ought to take themselves. Extreme militant and well armed Islamic movements, just as alien to most of African history as some of the version of Christianity that were imported as the excuse for colonisation and enslavement, are ravaging large areas.  As if all that was not enough huge terrorising and well armed drug cartels have left Latin America and the Caribbean and invaded huge pockets on both the Western and and Eastern coasts.

The struggle continues:

The struggle for self-determination is certainly not over. But in the end it is not just a battle  at home, but part of the obligation for democratic accountability and ethical industrial behaviour wherever we live, including how we make politicians and industry and corporates accountable in how we choose or vote.

Voting, political engagement, and being a consumer are not accidental givens, they are obligations and not to be taken lightly.


(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn 2013

Daniel Zylbersztajn studied Politics  of Africa and Third World History at SOAS, London between 1991-1995, and researched several years  a non finished phD an Black and Jewish militants and violence as method of resistance.