Willy Rosen Compositions and Songs with Text or Music by him:
5-Uhr Tee in Puppenhaus (Charakterstück) 1929
Alles auf der Welt hat seinen Grund 1931
Blond kann sie sein, schwarz kann sie sein (Husarenliebe) 1932
Das Glück ist treulos ("Liebe in Uniform.") 1932
Das ist die schöne Anna 1933
Denk nicht schlecht von mir 1924
Der nächste Tanz ist Damenwahl 1931
Die Affen tanzen Tango in Manila 1931
Die Beine von Lolott 1931
Dir könnt ich gut sein 1930
Du kannst ruhig "Du" zu mir sagen” 1924
Ein Blick genügt 1932
Ein kleines Kompliment 1930
Ein Liebeslied in Moll spielt der Zigeuner 1931
Ein zartes Tangomärchen (Arcany) 1931
Einen Sommer lang 1929
Erika (Froh lacht heut der frühling) 1930
Es singt der kleine Kolibri 1931
Eva (Das tanzparkett ist klein) 1931
Heute schmeckt ja wieder mal oder gold'ne Wein 1929
Ich bin in Stimmung aus dem Tonfilm "Frau Lehmanns Töchter" 1932
Ich bin verliebt in die Mathilde 1931
Ich schick dir ein paar Veilchen 1928
Ich träum' vom ersten Kuss (Tonfilm “Im Kampf mit der Unterwelt”) 1930
Ich träum’ so gern von deinem reizenden Madonnengesicht 1928
In der Heinzelmännchen-Bar 1930
Ist das nicht nett von Colette 1935
Kennst du das Gefühl, wenn man verliebt ist? 1929
Kleine Mitsou 1930
Küß mich noch einmal, Lola 1931
Liebling, komm doch nach Tahiti 1931
Marie wie geht das zu 1927
Musketier Storch : (der Storch d. Kompagnie) 1932
Muß das sein? 1932
Schenk mir rote Rosen 1932
Sind Sie heute abend schon vergeben? 1932
Süßes kleines Mädel an der Bar 1930
Venezuela: In Venezuela, das waren noch Zeiten 1932
Wenn du's nicht bist - dann wird's 'ne andre sein 1924
Wenn in Arosa die Sonne scheint 1937
A slide show about the Westerbork Camp Theatre (Stefan Zweig)
Arrival and Registration at Westerbork
( Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid)
Westerbork to Auschwitz (NU.nl)
The first transport took 1,139 people to Auschwitz Birkenau on 15 July 1942. The last transport to Auschwitz was on 3 September 1994 with 1,019 people. The next day a transport with Willy Rosen and another 2,079 people left for Terezin. The very last transport was on 13 September 1944. There were 104 transports from Westerbork, sending 102,763 people to their deaths.
* Known to have survived
Theatre Performers in Westerbork
Flip Sanders, Franz Engel
Heinz Rosenfeld, Hermann Feiner
Mars Roson, Maurice van Kleef
Anne Katz-Jordan * Lotte Heider
Sara Troeder Sophie Wertheim
Simon Dekker Dickson (Choreography)
Jaques Barendse Ludwig Belitzer (Arr)
Jack Goudsmit (Trumpet)
Nardus J van Ploeg N Slier
S van Weren Simon Hangjas
W Drukker Maurits van Kleef (Drums)
Fritz Bernhard Greta Schliesser
I Landa Joska Levkowitz
Ludwig Belitzer Michel Cauverin
Eugen Frankenstein Hans Margules*
Herbert Levkowicz Leo Kok
Shows in the Kamp
During 1943 and 1944 at least 16 shows based on 4 programmes were presented, usually on a Monday evening before the Transport left the following morning. The audience did not know who was on the list. They were woken up at 1.00 a.m. and the list was read out. Those chosen for the transport had only 8 hours to get ready.
If they succeeded in getting their name taken off the list, someone else was put on it. The quota had to be met.
13 Survivors of De Gruppe Bühne Lager Westerbork
Click on the link to see YouTube Video
Adalbert Lutter Alexander A Balaban
Arthur Young Artur Guttmann*
Club-kapelle Columbia Tanz Orchester*
Faconi vom „Palais am Zoo
Ferruzzi Fritz Fisher
Heinz John Heinz Klingenberg*
Kurt Gerron's Karussel Kurt Hardt*
Orchesters J. Schura Polischuk
Orkiestra Opery Warszawskiej
Géza Komor Tango-Orchestru
Wehowski Jazz Orchester
Ludmilla an Opera Parody by Willy Rosen and Erich Ziegler
It was first performed as part of the Revue entitled “Total Verrückt”, or Totally Crazy, in June 1944. The programme describes the whole revue as Willy Rosen’s Grotesque Revue.
Ludmilla formed the second half of the Programme. It’s alternative title was “Corpses on a Conveyor Belt.” Did the group know that they were living corpses, being fed into a Murder Factory by Kommandant Gemmeker?
The Programme notes particularly that the Music is written by Maestro Erich Ziegler and the words are by Rosen, the resident poet. The title role is played by Lisl Frank and the role of her father by Otto Aurich. The comedic roles are played by Max Ehrlich and Franz Engel. Also performing are Mara Rosen, Esther Philipse and Jetty Cantor.
The programme also points out that Rosen, has written a happy ending. Scenery is designed by Professor Leo Kok. Also thanked are all the service heads for bending over backwards.
* Indicates a composition by Willy Rosen
10 Songs (from Bunter Abend I and Humor und Melodie)
Most of these songs were written by Willy prior to his time in the camp, for the shows Willy directed at Scheveningen.
These songs can be found on YouTube. Click on this link to hear a taster of the songs.
Th songs were recalled from memory by Louis de Wijze, then transcribed by Francesco Lotoro.
Also Ute Lemper sang "Wenn ein Packetchen kommt" with The Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome as part of a Holocaust Memorial Concert in 2015.
Ignore Ute's introduction it is full of inaccuracies. However it was written by Willy Rosen whilst at Westerbork.
The pianist is Francesco Lotoro, who has collected many songs written in the Nazi camps. There are newspaper articles citing Alan Ehrlich with Francesco Lotoro, unfortunately the journalists included false claims in the articles that Max Ehrlich had written the songs with Willy Rosen. This is wrong as Willy had written most of these songs before entry into Westerbork, when Ehrlich was in Berlin .
Westerbork Buhne Programmes
The programmes were changed numerous times as performers came and "went". The songs in the shows were written by Willy Rosen as were some sketches. The music was arranged by Erich Ziegler, who conducted the orchestra. The shows were directed by Max Ehrlich.
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